(Context: Simonyan is the head of the Russian state news agency RT)
A loyal Kremlin propagandist suggested that Moscow should drop a nuclear bomb over Siberia as a way to convey a message to the West amid the grinding war with Ukraine, sparking backlash from officials in the Russian territory, according to multiple reports.
"If we were to conduct a thermonuclear explosion, a nuclear explosion, hundreds of kilometers above our own territory, someplace in Siberia, nothing scary would happen on the land," Simonyan said, according to a translation by the Russian Media Monitor.
"There will be no nuclear winter where everyone is afraid. There won't be horrific radiation that will kill everyone … None of that will happen,"
Simonyan added, according to the translation, that it would "disable" all electronics and satellites and, "We will return to the year 1993."
“And let me tell you, we lived amazingly well!”
(Submitter’s note, the last line isn’t quoted in the article’s text, but is in the video provided at 7:22)