August 19, 2022

The stunning second a Melbourne college pupil was sensationally booted from the Q&A studio after he claimed Russia was below menace from Ukrainian ‘Nazi’ killers has divided Australians. 

Sasha Gillies-Lekakis appeared within the viewers throughout Thursday night time’s episode earlier than he was later requested to go away after making the contentious assertion. 

‘As somebody who comes from the Russian group in Australia, I’ve been fairly outraged by the narrative created by the media depicting Ukraine as ‘the great man’ and Russia because the ‘dangerous man’, he informed the panel. 

‘Imagine it or not, there are a whole lot of Russians right here and around the globe who assist what Putin is doing in Ukraine, myself included.’

His controversial tackle the invasion sparked a fierce debate on the panel and in the end noticed him booted from the present, prompting raucous applause. 

Q&A bunch Stan Grant addressed Gillies-Lekakis later within the present and repeatedly requested him to go away, explaining the advocacy of violence wouldn’t be tolerated. 

Sasha Gillies-Lekakis (pictured) was requested to go away the Q&A studio after he stated he supported what Putin was doing in Ukraine and claimed there have been different like-minded Australians

‘One thing has been bothering me, I’ve to confess, since we had Sasha’s query earlier about Russia, and it’s been enjoying on my thoughts,’ the host stated.    

‘Sasha, folks right here have been speaking about household who’re struggling and people who find themselves dying. I perceive you needed to ask your query about – is there some reasoning for this?

As viewers members take the chance to present their two cents, the host shuts down any the dialogue and factors his arm towards the door. 

‘Can I simply say – I’m simply not snug with you being right here. May you please depart? Sasha, I’m sorry. You’ll be able to ask a query, however we can not advocate violence. I ought to have requested you to go away then.’

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Nonetheless, not all Aussies agreed with Grant’s choice besides the coed from the viewers, with dozens taking to social media to debate the contentious second.  


Tasmanian Labor MP Brian Mitchell weighed in on the extreme debate on Twitter. 

‘Get completely f*d with this clickbait rubbish. Putin invaded a peaceable Democratic neighbour that posed no menace to Russia. His forces have murdered civilians, together with kids. There usually are not two sides to this story,’ he stated. 

‘Nicely accomplished Stan. Very pleased with what you simply did stay,’ one other consumer agreed. 



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‘What occurred to our free speech on the ABC? Lower off his query, didn’t reply his query, and kicked him out,’ one other tweeted. 

‘I don’t agree along with his view and agree that his opinion could also be compromised on bias data, however the one means folks can resolve battle is with open dialog.’

‘Ought to have let this man end his query in full with out reducing him off. Thought the thought of a Q&A was to listen to totally different factors of view even for those who disagree with them,’ one other stated. 

‘He did ask his query earlier within the present. His reply was actually offensive,’ one girl replied. 

‘He requested his query after which began spewing bulls*** stats/propaganda, it may be lower off when it’s now not a query,’ a second agreed. 

Q&A host Stan Grant (pictured) asked the university student to leave the live audience after the panel discussed his statement and said 'we can't have people advocating violence'

Q&A bunch Stan Grant (pictured) requested the college pupil to go away the stay viewers after the panel mentioned his assertion and stated ‘we will’t have folks advocating violence’

Sasha Gillies-Lekakis (pictured) is a Melbourne university student who claimed that since 2014 the Ukrainian government had collaborated with Nazi groups to besiege the Russian population

Sasha Gillies-Lekakis (pictured) is a Melbourne college pupil who claimed that since 2014 the Ukrainian authorities had collaborated with Nazi teams to besiege the Russian inhabitants

‘How is shutting him up and kicking him out honest dialogue for each side? Cease the censoring and a technique media,’ one other consumer commented.  

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‘Nicely accomplished Stan for telling him to go away. He was supporting the homicide of civilians and kids,’ one other consumer disagreed. 

Throughout his handle Mr Gillies-Lekakis claimed that since 2014, the Ukrainian authorities had been collaborating with Nazi teams to besiege Russia. 

Putin has argued Ukrainian nationalist battalions, descended from native swastika and ‘SS’ carrying divisions from WW2, nonetheless function in fashionable Ukraine. 

The chief has used this rhetoric to justify the invasion of Ukraine, nevertheless, it has been extensively debunked by world leaders and specialists as Russian propaganda. 

The coed went on to say Nazi teams had killed 13,000 Russians within the Donbas area of Jap Ukraine, citing the United Nations as his supply. 

Whereas there isn’t a proof for claims of genocide, Putin has used the phrase to pretext launching a battle towards Ukraine, amongst different causes. 

When gasoline provides had been interrupted to elements of japanese Ukraine in 2015, the Russian chief acknowledged it ‘smells of genocide’, and in 2021, Putin stated the battle zone in Donbas ‘appears to be like like genocide’. 

As different Q&A viewers members started to heckle Mr Gillies-Lekakis he requested the place Australia’s outpouring of grief and concern was for the 13,000 Russians killed. 

Host Stan Grant took the query to the panel, asking if there was an ethical equivalence to the assaults and if there had been provocation from Ukraine earlier than Russia invaded the capital, Kyiv. 

Liberal MP for Mackellar Jason Falinksi stated it was easy. 

‘There is no such thing as a ethical equivalency to homicide. Simply because somebody is murdered it doesn’t provide the proper to homicide another person.’

‘Secondly, the sovereignty of a nation can’t be merely worn out as a result of one particular person decides with out proof, that he’s going to do this.

‘We stay in a world for the time being which is managed by the rule of regulation. If we alter that to a place the place folks simply get to resolve what they need to do as a result of they’ve obtained extra weapons than the following individual, that’s not a world I need to stay in.’

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He stated the state of affairs in japanese Europe was ‘not going to finish effectively’ except the West was extremely assertive about pushing again the unwarranted aggression. 

Shadow Minister for Defence Brendan O’Connor stated the coed’s claims had confirmed how the Russian chief’s misinformations had made their means Down Below. 

‘Putin has been deploying misinformation for years, he’s undemocratic by nature, he kills off his opposition, he makes use of all types of propaganda,’ he stated.

Mr O’Connor stated Putin had misrepresented conflicts in Ukraine for his personal profit.  

The university student was asked to leave after host Stan Grant said his question had advocated for violence - something that wasn't tolerated on the ABC program

The college pupil was requested to go away after host Stan Grant stated his query had advocated for violence – one thing that wasn’t tolerated on the ABC program

As Mr Gillies-Lekakis continues his heated spiel the camera panned to the visibly uncomfortable panel, where one woman is seen raising her eyebrows (pictured)

As Mr Gillies-Lekakis continues his heated spiel the digital camera panned to the visibly uncomfortable panel, the place one girl is seen elevating her eyebrows (pictured)

Based on the Australian Institute of Worldwide Affairs, Sasha Gillies-Lekakis is an Honours Pupil in Spanish and Latin American Research. 

Its web site states Sasha is captivated with Cuban historical past and politics and not too long ago graduated from the College of Melbourne. 

It comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday introduced Australia was pledging $105 million to assist Ukraine, together with $70 million in army gear.

‘We’re speaking missiles, we’re speaking ammunition, we’re speaking supporting them of their defence of their homeland in Ukraine,’ he informed reporters. 

‘I’m not going to enter the specifics of that as a result of I don’t plan to present the Russian authorities a heads-up about what’s coming their means, however I can guarantee them it’s coming your means.’