Polish journalist was punched in the face on Russian TV debate show

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A Polish journalist was punched in the face on Russian television after saying that “Ukrainians want to live like normal people, not in shit, like you [in Russia].”

Polish journalist Tomasz Maciejczuk’s was punched during his appearance on the Russian TV show “The Right of Voice”. The episode was never aired, but the video was published on YouTube.

The man who hit Maciejczuk was Ihor Markov, a former Ukrainian parliamentarian, who was an MP before the Maidan Revolution. Currently, Markov is wanted by Ukrainian police in connection with riots that took place in Odessa in 2007.

The fight on Russian television started shortly after the debate turned to average salaries in Russia. Maciejczuk pointed out that the Russian economy lags significantly in this area.

“When we talk about money, I want to congratulate Romania on its victory. And do you know why? Because today the average salary in Romania is higher than it is in Russia. And it’s higher in Latvia, too.”

When pressed to talk about Ukraine, Maciejczuk said “Ukrainians want to live like normal people, not in shit, like you.”

In response, the show’s host Roman Babayan threw a piece of paper in his face, replying “You’re the ones who live in shit!”

After that, all pro-Russian guests approached Maciejczuk and repeatedly demanded him to leave the television studio. Maciejczuk refused to go, arguing that his remarks were no more offensive than comments of Russians regarding Poles, Lithuanians, Latvians, and Estonians. Right after that, Markov leaned in and punched in him the forehead.

Source: The Moscow Times