Syria war: Sensational claims Putin and Assad are the good guys were made in Glastonbury.
Marcus Allen, publisher of conspiracy theory magazine Nexus, suggested the US-led Nato forces which oppose the Assad regime and have aided rebel forces against him, were those in the wrong.
The Syrian civil conflict began during the Arab Spring in 2011, and is complicated by the presence of Jihadi terror group ISIS, based in its stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, which is opposed by both Nato and the Russians.
However, Russia stepped in on the side of President Assad in September 2015 to prevent the Free Syrian Army and other rebel groups from toppling the leader in Damascus.
Before this, Russia had vetoed all sanctions against Assad voted for by the United Nations Security Council.
Meanwhile both Nato and Russian strikes against Islamic State have been carried out, but the US and its supporters wants to see Assad overthrown.
Syria War: Marcus Allen saying Assad and Putin were right at the Glastonbury Symposium.
Mr Allen, who publishes and distributes the alternative news and conspiracy theory magazine in the UK, made the remarks while speaking at the 27th annual Glastonbury Symposium, an annual conference dedicated to the paranormal, conspiracy theories, alternative thought, and new age philosophies.
His comments are likely to shock many in the west who believe Assad is a ruthless dictator who has ordered the killings of thousands of his own people.
Mr Allen was asked by an audience member why Russia was trying to stop Nato toppling Assad and whether is was a bid to stop another Iraq or Libya situation whereby the countries were left as power vacuums after the toppling of previous dictators Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi respectively.
Mr Allen replied: “This is fake news, big time fake news.
“Why would Russia be interested in helping someone we all consider to be bad – President Assad.
“Why do we think he is bad, because we are told he is bad.
“We (Nato) want Syria go to go the same way as Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan – there is a common denominator here.
“The driving force behind Russia is Putin, who I consider one of most the most able politicians working in any country.”
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Nexus bills itself as proving the “news the mainstream media does not want you to hear”.
Mr Allen, a conspiracy theorist who also believes the lunar landings were hoaxed by Nasa, suggested Mr Putin had been tarnished by the western press.
He said: “You need to see what he says directly, not what the mainstream media says he says.
“There is plenty of stuff on YouTube, and RT (Russia Today) about how he rose to power and interviews with him.
“When you see him speak to people without notes on any subject you throw at him.”
Why would Russia be interested in helping someone we all consider to be bad – President Assad. Why do we think he is bad, because we are told he is bad.
He said Mr Putin’s motivation was to try to avoid the horrors of previous Middle eastern conflicts after Nato intervention.
He also branded claims the Russians interfered in the US presidential election, by leaking thousands of emails from the Hillary Clinton Democratic campaign team, in a bid to help Republican Donald Trump win as more “fake news”.
The publisher added: “The stupid story that Russia interfered in the US presidential election is fake news if ever there was.
“How many countries has America interfered in?”
He claimed sources had told him that Mrs Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta had been asked on email for his password and he had provided it.
He said: “It was not the Russians, more likely some 16 year-old in his bedroom.
“In Syria Vladimir Putin is trying to prevent Syria developing into an international and inter religious warfare and he should have everyone’s support.”
The CIA insists it has evidence linking Russia to the leak of Democratic emails, and an FBI investigation into Mr Trump’s ties to Russia in the run up to the election continues.
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Russian ties with Syria go back to the Cold War, but is is suggested that Vladimir Putin is supporting Assad to keep allies in the Middle East after the toppling of Gaddafi.
Russia had held a long-term relationship with Colonel Gaddafi and there were several billions of pounds worth of Russian arms sales to Libya said to be pending.
Russia also has a military base in Syria at Latakia.
Defectors from the Syrian regime have claimed Assad is the brutal dictator he is portrayed as, with claims he has used chemical weapons on his own people.
In February pictures said to have been leaked from Assad-run prisons showed scores of emaciated corpses.
More than 53,000 of the images were smuggled out of Syria by a military police photographer, known as Caeser, with what they showed branded a modern-day holocaust.