In a rare interview, President Putin’s daughter has claimed human life is a “supreme value” in Russia.

Speaking to the investigative news website Agentstvo, Maria Vorontsova, said: “Our society, I mean Russian society, with our life principles, with our culture, with our religion… is after all not so much an economy-centric society.

“We are to a greater extent, a human-centric society. And for us, the value of human life is a supreme value.

“And every day of life that is lived, even if it’s not so – forgive me for using this word – profitable for the economy, not so significant for the economy, in terms of spiritual values, I think it has a more significant impact for us.”

Vorontsova’s comments will likely raise a few eyebrows given her father has sent hundreds of thousands of men to their deaths in Ukraine since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

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According to official Ukrainian government figures, Russia has lost around 370,000 soldiers so far.

Western estimates of the number of Russian deaths in Ukraine are more conservative though still massive – a US assessment in August said Russian fatalities were as high as 120,000 with 170,000 to 180,000 troops injured – a total of 300,000 killed or wounded during the full-scale war in Ukraine.

Yet perhaps more indicative of the Kremlin’s attitude towards the lives of its soldiers are the conditions in which they’re sent to war – with no equipment or training and to be used in what have become known as “meat assaults” on Ukrainian positions.

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Daily Russian losses from so-called “meat assaults” on Avdiivka in November approached World War I levels.

Imperial Russia lost about 1.8 million soldiers, or on average 1,100 men a day during World War I. In November it was losing approximately 900 soldiers every 24 hours and sometimes more.

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Journalist Nikola Mikovic, commented on the clip of Vorontsova, saying: “Sure. Especially lives of Russian soldiers who were forced to storm Ukrainian well-fortified positions.”

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David
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Putin’s daughter Maria’s declaration of “the supreme value” of Russian lives, is entirely disingenuous. It seems to show empathy for Russian lives list, and at the same time discount the economic damage done to the lives of ordinary Russians.
This is yet another Putin verbal manipulation that most could easily see through.
At some point the large number of twists and turns in his narrative will end up in knots, and Russians will finally understand that manipulation based on loyalty and nationalism is their downfall.

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Marc
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What a stupid bitch.

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Paolo
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Pointless interview, send her to the front at Avdiivka for a couple of months, then ask her her thoughts on the kremlins morality.

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Mark
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She's just as deluded as her dad if she truly believes what she's saying. Otherwise she could be a comedian if events were not so tragic.

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Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat Ivy. A kid’ll eat Ivy too wouldn’t you?
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Test message - ignore.

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Imokru2
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She represents the new Tsars. We all know how the old Tsars met their end.

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dijon7
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What a fool she is. What a liar and deceiver she is. Value of human life is at the lowest end of Russian values. The only human lives they care about are the lives of the leaders and their families. The common person and anyone who is a dissenter against the ruling party line is valued less than a human being.

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