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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

Going off script, RT style

By EU vs Disinfo Imagine you are a journalist from a Western country who has been hired to work for RT (Russia Today).   Perhaps you’re excited to now be a part of a large international network; but you are probably also very aware of the sensitivities surrounding a media outlet which is known as the propaganda mouthpiece of a foreign and not exactly friendly government.  “I need to balance this and be as cautious as I can; I don’t want to harm my reputation or put my employer in an awkward situation,” is probably how the inner voice of an

Russia’s double media standards

By EU vs Disinfo “Russophobic sentiment in the media is being ratcheted up in France under the pretext of countering disinformation”.  This statement was delivered by Maria Zakharova, spokesperson of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during a press briefing in Moscow on 7 September where she commented on the publication of a new French study about information manipulation. The spokesperson also claimed that outside Russia, “Russian information agencies RT and Sputnik were publicly called agents

RT top manager plagiarised his dissertation

By EU vs Disinfo The news director of RT America, Mikhail Solodovnikov, plagiarised substantial parts of the Ph.D. dissertation he defended in 2011. This was the conclusion reached in July by Moscow State Linguistic University, as reported by the Russian daily Vedomosti. According to the university, 38 out of the dissertation’s 150 pages included insufficiently credited direct and paraphrased quotes from a textbook titled A History of Journalism in Foreign Countries, as well

Would Visiting the U.S. Help Vladimir Putin ‘Humanize’ His Adversary? Fact: Putin Visited Nine Times

By Polygraph John Wight RT Contributor “Indeed it is arguable that without his prolonged visit to the U.S. in 1959, Khrushchev may not have been so willing to accommodate JFK during the Cuban Missile Crisis three years later in 1962 – the reason being that only in visiting the country or countries of his adversaries is a leader able to humanize it beyond the realm of geopolitical differences. In 2018,

Russian Humor or Honest Confession? RT Admits it is Kremlin’s Propaganda Bullhorn

By Polygraph RT Russian information agency “The president of France slanders us because we slander him.”… “The longer you watch, the more upset Hillary Clinton becomes.” Source: RT airport advertisements MISLEADING RT misinforms airport visitors with quasi-political and anti-Western messages RT, formerly known as Russia Today, functions as “just one brick in a pyramid, at the top of which sits the Russian government,” as Polygraph.info reported in November 2017. The global information

#PackOfLies: Propaganda by proxy

It is vital for Kremlin’s representatives to convince the West that the disinformation spread by them is not just a position taken by Moscow and its selected experts. In order to do that, it is necessary to find the right persons that have or have previously had a high status in a Western country some time ago. In this way they are seeking to send the message that says: “It

In France, RT is getting no love

By EU vs Disinfo It’s been just over six months since RT, the controversial Russian channel funded by the Kremlin, aired its first French broadcast from a sleek green-and-white studio in the outskirts of Paris. Despite what RT boss Margarita Simonyan claims is a “strong demand for an alternative perspective” among French-speaking audiences, RT’s launch on French airwaves has been anything but smooth. Now, a formal warning from France’s broadcasting authority and a new law

Disinfo News: Russia Today Now Faces 10 Media Ethics Investigations in Britain

By Polygraph Russian President Vladimir Putin and RT’s Editor-in-Chief of RT Margarita Simonyan attend an exhibition marking RT’s 10th anniversary in Moscow, December 10, 2015 Since the Salisbury poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter, the British media regulator Ofcom says there has been “a significant increase” of questionable programming coming out of Russia. This week, Ofcom opened three new investigations into the Russian government-owned channel RT. The

RT’s Scottish stars face investigation

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Russia’s RT UK channel is now facing 11 investigations from media watchdog Ofcom, following the announcement of the latest three on May 21. Three of the cases under scrutiny relate to RT programmes hosted by former Scottish politicians Alex Salmond and George Galloway. They are interesting for the way they depict various national and international issues, and also because Russia can only benefit from

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