Tag "Margarita Simonyan"

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

RT’s Top Editor Toasts Putin: ‘He Used To Be Our President; Now He Is Our Leader’

By RFE/RL There was plenty of Champagne and wine flowing in Moscow in the hours after Russia’s polls closed on March 18, as supporters of Vladimir Putin celebrated his reelection to another six-year term as president. Among those unabashedly singing Putin’s praises was the chief editor of one of Russia’s most prominent news organizations: RT. In a series of posts to Twitter late on March 18 and early on March

Chief Editor: RT is like “a defence ministry”

By EU vs Disinfo The chief editor of RT (Russia Today), Margarita Simonyan, cannot be blamed for lack of openness about the nature of the outlet whose output she manages on behalf of the Russian government. In her own words, RT is needed “for about the same reason as why the country needs a Defense Ministry.” RT is capable of “conducting information war against the whole Western world,” using “the information

RT’s FARA Examined. Part II

By Polygraph Margarita Simonyan Sputnik and RT chief-in-editor “I propose moving the celebration of World Press Freedom Day to November 10” [the day RT-America filed as a foreign agent] Source: Twitter, November 14, 2017 FALSE Requiring RT-America to register as a foreign agent was aimed at Russian propaganda, not at suppressing press freedoms In a fact-check headlined “RT’s FARA Examined. Part I,” Polygraph.info revealed direct ties between the Russian government

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