Tag "Margarita Simonyan"

Russian chief editor wildly exaggerates Sputink’s Belarus audience

By Polygraph Margarita SimonyanChief Editor, Rossiya Segodnya“Sputnik Belarus in January had 10 million unique visitors, with the country’s population of 9.5 million. That is more than Radio Svoboda, the Polish BelSat and other foreign media in the country have, combined. I am proud!” Source: Twitter, Feb. 5, 2020 Partly False Simonyan exaggerated the actual number of unique visitors by a factor of two. On Feb. 5, Margarita Simonyan, chief editor

Kremlin propagandist doubting the religion of denial

By EU vs Disinfo Iran’s admission to shooting down Ukrainian International Airlines’ flight 752 has created big problems for the pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets. This is clearly visible in this week’s cases of disinformation. The pro-Kremlin media started its well-oiled disinformation machinery along well-known narratives: profit-hungry Ukrainians used an old, derelict aircraft, ready for scrapping; only the US had the capacity to shoot down the aircraft – and is methodically shooting

RT chief accuses Fox News, NBC and Bloomberg of ignoring Iran protests over Soleimani

By Polygraph Margarita SimonyanChief Editor of RT (Russia Today) and Rossiya Segodnya“This is how it is today in Iran. The picture of our agency Ruptly. On Fox News, NBC and Bloomberg there is no such picture. More precisely, there is no picture from the protests. As well as [no] mention of the protests themselves.” Source: Twitter, Jan. 3, 2020 False Contrary to Simonyan’s claim, Fox News, NBC and Bloomberg –

Russia’s UK Embassy fires back at Skripal poisoning sanctions

By Polygraph Embassy of the Russian Federation in London Official Twitter feed “Sanctions and accusations are poor substitute for evidence. And the latter lacks utterly.” Source: Twitter, August 4, 2019 False The evidence ties Moscow to Skripal poisoning despite Russian embassy claims On August 2, the U.S. State Department announced it would impose a second round of sanctions on Russia under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination

The ABC of Kremlin crisis management

By EU vs Disinfo In Russia’s current crisis around the upcoming local elections in Moscow, some of the dominating media outlets have conducted a disinformation campaign targeting those who demonstrate against the authorities. The strategy has been to present the protesters as not local to Moscow; to downplay their numbers; and to accuse them of being part of a foreign conspiracy. Alienate As Russians have taken to the streets to

Russia Today editor hits Reuters with a false claim

By Polyhraph Margarita Simonyan Chief Editor, Rossiya Segodnya, RT “We’re showing a rally in support of Maduro in Caracas. Reuters is showing a green boulevard. Q.E.D.” Source: Telegram, May 1, 2019 False Reuters’ actually was sending live video of protests in Paris, France. The chief editor of the Kremlin’s international media corporation Rossiya Segodnya and RT (Russia Today), Margarita Simonyan, claimed on Wednesday the news agency Reuters had been broadcasting

Does Julian Assange face death penalty in the U.S. as Russians claim?

By Polygraph Margarita Simonyan Managing editor of RT and Rossiya Segodnya “Kindly Ecuador, which today surrendered Assange to the police, demanded that the British not extradite him to the country where he faces death penalty – i.e. the States. A few years ago Assange told me the UK will extradite him to Sweden and [from] Sweden to the U.S. Precisely where he is under the threat of the death penalty.”

Russia Today chief says case against Scottish politician is politically motivated

By Polygraph Margarita Simonyan Margarita Simonyan, Editor-in-chief of RT “From the outset, Salmond insisted that the process was political and the charges were investigated with violations. The court supported him. It’s dangerous to be an RT presenter.” Source: Telegram, January 24, 2019 MISLEADING Simonyan misstates the court’s decision. On January 24, RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan responded to the news that Alex Salmond, former First Minister of Scotland and host of

Love conquers truth: New romantic comedy by RT chief Simonyan spins Crimea drama

By Robert Coalson, for RFE/RL Even back when construction of the controversial, $3.7 billion Crimean Bridge was just beginning, RT Editor in Chief Margarita Simonyan already knew how the story ended. Crimea Bridge: Made With Love! — a new film written by Simonyan and directed by her husband, Tigran Keosayan — is an uber-patriotic romantic comedy that was filmed against the backdrop of the rising edifice, which links Russia via the

RT Isn’t Going Off the Air Because of ‘Foreign Agent’ Designation

By Polygraph Margarita Simonyan RT Editor-in-Chief “The provider company that aired our broadcasts in Washington, D.C., kicked us off the broadcasting network. Yes, because of our status as a ‘foreign agent’.” Source: Simonyan’s personal Twitter account, March 29 False It isn’t just RT that’s being dropped – the whole station is closing down. On March 29, Margarita Simonyan, Editor-in-Chief of the Russian state-funded satellite network RT, tweeted that her channel

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