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Russian TV mayhem as presenters debate whether to ‘hang, shoot or quarter’ captured Brits

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After captured British fighters Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner pleaded guilty to fighting in Ukraine, pundits from Russian state television clashed in a farcical debate over how the Brits should be executed

A panel on Russian state television descended into farce when Putin’s propagandists disagreed over the possible method of execution for British fighters captured by Vladimir Putin’s forces.

Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, were arrested in Ukraine after traveling to fight against the Russian invasion.

Both have pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) to fighting for Ukraine, prompting fears they could face the death penalty.

Amid these concerns, Russian state television hosts, desperate to have their say, erupted in a raucous argument over whether the British should be shot or hanged if sentenced to death.

In a clip shared on Twitter by journalist Julia Davis, expert Vladimir Solovyov raised the issue of what Russia should do with the captured British and asked: “How can the British Empire react if two of its subjects are shot or hanged? ”

However, the debate quickly turned into farce when political scientist Yaakov Kedmi appeared determined to hang the British people.

“Pirates are never shot, only hanged,” he said. “Military will be shot, criminals will be hanged.”

Solovyov contradicted this assessment and replied: “But we are not dealing with pirates and this is not the Middle Ages, we do not quarter, we do not care if others execute by hanging.”

The pundits began a debate about the origins of hanging in Russia, and Kedmi’s references to public executions at the end of World War II were met with a reminder that attitudes towards public hangings had changed since then.

Solovyov soon became angered, admitting: “We are in the 21st century in the center of Europe, having discussions about how mercenaries should be executed, hanged, shot or quartered? This is the new world.”

“This is chaos, we’re sinking into chaos.”

Russia has been hit hard by Western sanctions since the invasion of Ukraine, and another expert, Malek Dudakov, suggested that instead of executing the prisoners, the British could be used as a medium of exchange to remove these economic barriers.

“Why can’t we use the current situation to offer them to Britain in exchange for Russia’s frozen stocks?” he said.

“We know their elites probably won’t respond; They have already shown an uncompromising attitude, but this will create a storm in British society.”

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