The Daily Telegraph

Schofield ‘big in Red Square’ as Kremlin mocks UK crisis

- By Our Foreign Staff

PHILLIP SCHOFIELD has become an unlikely star of Kremlin propaganda after offering ITV viewers the chance to win cash to cover their energy bills.

“This week we’ve got our usual cash prizes, but you could also win some extra cash to pay your energy bills until the end of the year,” Schofield told viewers during the “Spin to Win” segment of the show. “Wow, that’s very important right now,” replied Schofield’s co-host, Holly Willoughby.

Russian state television leapt on the competitio­n to celebrate how energy prices are soaring across Europe, which Moscow blames on Western sanctions.

The competitio­n, in which Schofield and Willoughby offered to pay energy bills for four months, was featured on the state-sponsored broadcaste­r’s morning news programme. Host Olga Skabeyeva appeared to delight in the desperate situation many households now find themselves in.

“On the morning show... TV viewers in the UK can now win full payment for their energy bills. Apart from that, one could win £1,000 or even £3,000, but judging from soaring energy prices that have gone up 80 per cent in one go, it’s clearly much better to win payment for your energy bills,” Ms Skabeyeva told her viewers.

New data have revealed that Russia exported €158billion (£136billion) of fossil fuel in the first six months of the war.

A spokesman for the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, a Finnish think-tank, said: “Fossil fuel exports have contribute­d approximat­ely €43billion to Russia’s federal budget since the start of the invasion, helping fund war crimes in Ukraine.”

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