‘Russia’ is now used by the media as click-bait.
Only in the bizarre and delusional world of UK liberal journalism could a President saying, in response to a journalist’s question, that if someone breaks the law they will be penalized under the law be described as a threat.
This is the Independent saying that Putin was ‘threatening’ a journalist who won the Nobel prize when he said, apparently, that Russia’s law on Foreign Agent designation would apply if the journalist did something which merited in law the application of this law. He was answering a question about this journalist. If you think about it he can’t really have answered otherwise.
To report this as Putin ‘issuing a thinly veiled threat’ is just cheap sensational journalism.
Meanwhile – on the main news story of the day if not the century – did Sars-Cov-2 come from a lab in Wuhan, silence.