International organization "reporters without borders" (RSF) expressed concern about the actions of Latvia and Lithuania in relation to RT and Sputnik, calling it an abuse of the sanctions policy of the EU.
"Although it is legal to protect and promote independent and reliable news coverage, RSF considers the closure as an abuse of the sanctions policy of the EU. The ban or the closure of media outlets is not part of the sanctions taken against (the General Director of MIA "Russia today" Dmitry) Kiselev," - said in a statement RSF.
The Federation Council urged the foreign Ministry and other Executive authorities to impose sanctions against the authorities of the Baltic countries because of the situation with RT and Sputnik.
We are talking about the leadership of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which "grossly violated the principles of freedom of speech and dissemination of information, as well as its obligations to international organizations."
Embassy of Russia in Germany drew attention to the "anti-Russian passages" in the report on the work of the operatives, informed the head of the German interior Ministry, Horst Seehofer.
They added that what is happening is not conducive to the positive development of bilateral relations.
Lithuania banned on its territory the broadcast of five television channels RT.
This happened a week after a similar step was taken by the Latvian authorities. The turn — Estonia, Minister of foreign Affairs which also did not exclude the possibility of the same solution.
Editor in chief of RT and international news AGENCY "Russia today" Margarita Simonyan ironically commented on the ban of broadcasting of five TV channels of RT in Lithuania.
"Dmitry Kiselyov is irrelevant to Russia Today. Dmitry Kiselev headed the news of the MIA "Russia today". Even if Google translator is telling you that "Russia today" translates as "Russia Today", — she wrote in the Telegram channel.
The desire to ban the broadcasting of the TV channel with a large audience - a sign of an undemocratic state, said RIA Novosti member of the state Duma Committee on international Affairs Elena Panina, commenting on the ban of broadcasting of TV channels of RT in Lithuania.
Earlier, the Lithuanian Commission on radio and television (LRTK) has banned the broadcast of five television channels RT in the country.
Embassy of Russia in Riga called rabid prohibition of Latvia to broadcast seven RT channels.
Earlier, the Latvian regulator has banned the broadcasting seven channels RT, explaining that they belong to the General Director of MIA "Russia today" Dmitry Kiselev, who is under EU sanctions. While Kiselev is the Director General of MIA "Russia today" and editor-in-chief is the RT Margarita Simonyan, for which no EU sanctions do not apply. These companies were two separate legal entities, this information is well known and is in the public domain.
The Latvian authorities, prohibiting the broadcasting in the country of the RT channels, trying to deal with the threat which they themselves invented, and these efforts look pathetic, said RIA Novosti former member of the European Parliament, co-Chairman of the Russian Union of Latvia (STGS) Miroslav Mitrofanov.
The Latvian regulator, the ban on Tuesday, the broadcasting channels RT, RT HD, RT Arabic, RT Spanish, RT Documentary HD, RT Documentary, RT TV, argued his decision by the fact that they belong to the General Director of MIA "Russia today" Dmitry Kiselev, who is under EU sanctions.
The official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova condemned the ban on the broadcasting of the seven RT channels in Latvia.
The Latvian regulator, previously banned broadcasting of channels RT, RT HD, RT Arabic, RT Spanish, RT Documentary HD, RT Documentary, RT TV, explained its decision by the fact that they supposedly belong to the General Director of MIA "Russia today" Dmitry Kiselev, who is under EU sanctions.
Russia calls on international organizations to assess how the decision of Riga to ban the broadcasting of RT in line with political commitments of Latvia, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
She recalled that this is not the first step on the part of Latvia to sweep the information space in the country, where more than 40% of the population prefer to receive information in Russian.
The decision of the National Council for electronic media of Latvia on the prohibition of broadcasting seven channels RT on the grounds that they allegedly owned by the CEO of MIA "Russia today" Dmitry Kiselev, funny and just shows the ignorance of the Latvian authorities as to RT Kiselev has no relation, he told RIA Novosti.
The Latvian regulator, the ban on Tuesday, the broadcasting channels RT, RT HD, RT Arabic, RT Spanish, RT Documentary HD, RT Documentary, RT TV explained its decision by the fact that they belong to Kiselyov, under sanctions from the European Union.
The experts of the Oxford Internet Institute believe that the Russian media such as RT and Sputnik, along with the Chinese, Iranian and Turkish state media, called social media response, sometimes exceeds the response of the audience is known to European publications.
"During a three-week study, we found that most of the government-sponsored media from China, Iran, Russia and Turkey, generating the content in French, German and Spanish that reach tens of millions of users of social networks worldwide, albeit using less of the distribution system than the major media in these languages
RT Deutsch launches interactive project "All thoughts of war," in which the participants of the Second world war with the Russian and German sides will share their stories about their experiences, reported on the website of the TV channel.
"RT Deutsch is launching a new interactive Russian-German project "All thoughts of war", dedicated to 75-th anniversary of the end of world war II. June 24, the day of the Victory parade, he goes on the Russian language", - stated in the message.
RT the Day of memory and grief website launched #of Historiophoty, which collected hundreds of letters from people about how their grandmothers, grandfathers and great grandfathers survived the years of the great Patriotic war, reported on the website of the TV channel.
"On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the victory in the great Patriotic war, the chief editor of RT Margarita Simonyan called on to Instagram its readers to submit family stories about the war. She received hundreds of letters from people whose grandfathers and great grandfathers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers lived through those years. In Day of memory and grief, we launched a separate website with these stories that memory lived on," the message reads.
A member of the Duma Committee on state construction and legislation Evgeny Marchenko said he supported the decision of the SC on excitation of criminal cases against Alexei Navalny of slander, calling the behaviour policy of "blatant arrogance and rudeness".
Earlier Russia's Investigative Committee opened against Alexei Navalny a criminal case on slander against veteran 93-year-old participant of the great Patriotic war of Ignat Artemenko. According to the investigation, the politician broke the law, commenting on the video of the TV channel RT, which Artemenko expressed its position regarding the amendments to the Constitution. The Moscow Prosecutor's office acknowledged the case legitimate.
RT has released a new episode of "Accent Show" on the English language and its accents.
The show is on the YouTube channel "SPIK easy".
The project RT and journalist Anton Krasovsky "Epidemic" was a film about the work of the Elizabethan hospital in St. Petersburg, reported on the website of the TV channel.
"RT and journalist Anton Krasovsky within the documentary project "Epidemic" imagine "How the Elizabethan hospital in St. Petersburg works with COVID-19?" Hospital is not included in the official list of the redeveloped health facilities. It provides emergency assistance, but every day there reveal from 20 to 25 COVID-positive patients," the statement reads.
Cheesemakers Oleg Orphan, who starred in the movie RT on amendments to the Constitution, not hurt insults of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, according to the farmer, it jarred remarks about other participants in the video veterans of the great Patriotic war of Ignat Artemenko and doctor-heart surgeon Leo Beaucaire.
The RT in anticipation of voting on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation prepared a video in which Russian public figures and artists read out the preamble to the basic law of the country. After that, Navalny posted a video in his Telegram channel, accompanied by an offensive comment.