Vladimir Putin has accused the BBC of supporting opposition leader Alexei Navalny in an extraordinary outburst.
French news agency LNC reports that he made the comments to a BBC journalist during a press conference, who asked him whether Alexei Navalny was his main opponent.
Putin said: "When I heard you were from the BBC, I did not have any doubt that you’d ask this question because it’s the propaganda you defend," reported LNC.
Navalny is arguably Putin's most vocal and visible opponent Russia, and has organised several demonstrations against him.
However the anti-corruption blogger has suffered for his opposition to the Kremlin strongman. He was recently jailed for 30 days for helping to organise an anti-corruption protest in Moscow, The Telegraph said.
He sent a video message from court where he said: “Over the next month, I will probably do a lot of reading, play backgammon and sleep but you keep on working and fighting corruption."