One of Vladimir Putin's "top television propagandists" is set to flee Russia after quitting his post amid the continuing war in Ukraine.
Reports indicate that Sergey Brilev, 49, has held onto a UK passport and flat in Chiswick, London, despite having his British assets frozen by Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in April.
Despite being sanctioned for peddling "fake news", Brilev had always remained an apparent favourite of the Russian president for interview pieces and was described by the Kremlin as an "absolute patriot".
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But the absolute patriot has not appeared on his usual broadcast slot on the state-owned Rossiya 1 channel since Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine in February.
A report from RIA FAN – a discredited news agency – stated that Cuban-born Brilev was terminating his role in hosting the programme, saying that he "will leave the post of deputy director of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company" and also quit Russia.
Brilev's potential departure could deal another heavy blow to Putin, who loses one of his propagandists on the Russian-led network.
A report from RIA FAN claimed: "The TV presenter explained his decision by fatigue and the desire to realise himself in other projects.
"For example, as the journalist himself said, he plans to start creating documentaries about the countries of Latin America."
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A bizarre social media post from Brilev confirmed that the world was "changing".
He wrote: "The world is changing. But the world is one. Maybe."
His fairly cryptic message comes only a few months after Brilev denied he would be leaving the pro-Putin news station, with the 49-year-old having completed a "business trip of several weeks" allegedly relating to "two documentaries".
He added: "I have been on a business trip for several weeks, during which I am doing a series of special reports on the reaction to the Ukrainian crisis of countries with my own vision of what is happening."
Brilev has yet to voice his opinions on Putin's war in Ukraine.
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