Tucker Carlson's Popularity on the Increase in Russia - Here's Why | 5 Feb 2024 | U.S. political commentator Tucker Carlson came to Moscow on February 3, amid speculation that the goal of the visit is to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin, boosting the ex-Fox News host's popularity in the country. Sputnik explores why. In one video of Tucker Carlson meeting one of his Russian fans in Moscow, a man's voice can be heard praising the 54­-year-old conservative commentator as the "best U.S. journalist." The former Fox News anchor is then seen thanking the man and lauding Moscow as a beautiful city that he had planned to visit for a long time.