The presence of Tucker Carlson in Moscow has been a subject of intense media speculation and coverage, especially within pro-Kremlin outlets.
Reports suggest that the American journalist, known for his right-wing views and previous support for Russia, has been seen in various locations across the city, fueling rumors about his intentions in the country.
One significant piece of speculation involves the possibility of Carlson interviewing Russian President Vladimir Putin. RIA Novosti, a state media agency, reported seeing a car, allegedly used by the former Fox News host, exiting the vicinity of the president's office. Additionally, footage from Russian news source Izvestia showed a black van, purportedly transporting Carlson, headed towards the presidential administration earlier this week.
Carlson's sightings extended to cultural venues as well, with reports of him being at the Bolshoi Theater. Further stirring curiosity, Izvestia released a video on Telegram, showcasing Carlson at a Moscow hotel, engaging in a conversation with a local.
When inquired about the purpose of his visit, Carlson responded, emphasizing his desire to experience Russia firsthand after reading extensively about it. He remarked on his discussions with locals and praised his observations in the country, according to translations provided by Tass news agency.
The Kremlin has remained tight-lipped about Carlson's activities and the potential of an interview with Putin. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov refrained from confirming Carlson's presence or the speculated interview when questioned, stating the Kremlin does not track the movements of foreign journalists.
This lack of confirmation only adds to the mystery surrounding Carlson's trip to Russia, leaving the public and media to speculate about his reasons and whom he might be meeting.