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Latvia bans Russia Today, Lithuania set to follow

By Chris Dziadul

The National Electronic Mass Media Council of Latvia (NEPLP), in compliance with sanctions imposed by Council of the European Union (EU), has decided to ban thedistribution of seven RT (formerly known as Russia Today) group channels in Latvia.

In a statement, it says “RT, RT HD, RT Arabic, RT Spanish, RT Documentary HD, RT Documentary, RT TV are restricted because they are in effective control, possession and sole control of Dmitrii Kiselev, who is a subject to sanctions imposed by Council of the European Union (EU) for undermining of the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine”.

NEPLP also argues that RT, along with other Russian broadcasters, have tried to portray Latvia as a failed state.

According to NEPLP chairperson Ivars Abolins, “The evidence we have obtained is very strong and we will ask all EU regulators to follow our example and restrict RT on their territory. There is no place for such programmes either in Latvia or in the European Union”.

The adoption of this decision was largely facilitated by the new amendments to the
Electronic Mass Media Law, which were announced in June.

The decision will come into force upon notification and will remain in force until
Kiselev is removed from the EU sanction list.

Meanwhile, the Lithuanian regulator LRTK has drawn attention to the decision NEPLP to ban the retransmission of seven Russia Today (RT) channels and also called on members of the EU to do the same. In a statement, Mantas Martisius, chairman of LRTL, said: “The LRTK is ready to make decisions on the suspension of channels in accordance with the sanctions of the EU, if the conclusion of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is competent for the implementation of sanctions, is obtained”.

He also pointed out that several of the 45 channels banned in Latvia are retransmitted by three companies in Lithuania.

Russia Bounty on Americans: Afghan Acted as Middleman

By Mujib Mashal, Eric Schmitt, Najim Rahim and Rukmini Callimachi

A small-time businessman became a key middleman for bounties on coalition troops in Afghanistan, U.S. intelligence reports say. Friends saw him grow rich, but didn’t know how.

Deepfake Technology Enters the Documentary World

By Joshua Rothkopf

A film about persecuted gays and lesbians in Chechnya uses digital manipulation to guard their identities without losing their humanity. The step raises familiar questions about nonfiction movies.

Do Empty Stadiums Affect Outcomes? The Data Says Yes

By Rory Smith

When the Bundesliga resumed its season without fans, it became a valuable laboratory. Other leagues should take note of what it learned.

Putin Orchestrates Russia Referendum to Keep Him in Power

By Andrew Higgins

Russia’s constitutional “referendum” delivered its expected outcome — President Putin can serve until 2036 — but an elaborate spectacle of public affirmation was vital to his legitimacy.

Sergey Shrunov joins RTVI

By Chris Dziadul

Sergey Shnurov, one of the most successful content producers in Russia, has been appointed the general producer of the international Russian-language television channel RTVI.

In this role, he will develop the channel’s general creative strategy and will take part in creating new programme concepts. He will also work on renewing RTVI’s positioning and promoting the brand.

Commenting on the appointment, RTVI’s majority owner Mikayel Israelyan said: “While working on expanding our business and increasing our audience, striving to keep the ties with Russian culture, we studied best practices and decided to create a new position and offer it to Sergey, who’s well known both in Russia and abroad. Sergey frequently visits countries with a high concentration of Russian-speakers and perfect-ly understands the mentality of our diaspora. We are sure that with Sergey coming on board RTVI will develop a new unique voice”.

Shnurov has been described as Russia’s most popular rock star. He said: “Throughout my life I’ve been working with the collective image of a Russian person, the topic of our mentality has always been the centre of my attention. In my work, I try to maintain a connection between our culture and language. Leading the RTVI team, I plan to develop a platform for discussing the most pressing and relevant issues on the international agenda that directly affect the political and social life of Russian speakers around the world”.

RTVI is based in New York and broadcasts in 53 countries to a potential audience of 225 million people.

A Russian Plot to Kill U.S. Soldiers

Why intelligence officials suspect Russia of paying militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan.

β€˜You Know Your Audience’: Russia’s Internet Stars Turn Away From Putin

By Anton Troianovski

There used to be little stigma around getting paid to extol the Russian president. Now, as his popularity ebbs with young people, online celebrities see such praise as a career wrecker.

Sergey Shrunov joins RTVI

By Chris Dziadul

Sergey Shnurov, one of the most successful content producers in Russia, has been appointed the general producer of the international Russian-language television channel RTVI.

In this role, he will develop the channel’s general creative strategy and will take part in creating new programme concepts. He will also work on renewing RTVI’s positioning and promoting the brand.

Commenting on the appointment, RTVI’s majority owner Mikayel Israelyan said: “While working on expanding our business and increasing our audience, striving to keep the ties with Russian culture, we studied best practices and decided to create a new position and offer it to Sergey, who’s well known both in Russia and abroad. Sergey frequently visits countries with a high concentration of Russian-speakers and perfect-ly understands the mentality of our diaspora. We are sure that with Sergey coming on board RTVI will develop a new unique voice”.

Shnurov has been described as Russia’s most popular rock star. He said: “Throughout my life I’ve been working with the collective image of a Russian person, the topic of our mentality has always been the centre of my attention. In my work, I try to maintain a connection between our culture and language. Leading the RTVI team, I plan to develop a platform for discussing the most pressing and relevant issues on the international agenda that directly affect the political and social life of Russian speakers around the world”.

RTVI is based in New York and broadcasts in 53 countries to a potential audience of 225 million people.

Sergey Shrunov joins RTVI

By Chris Dziadul

Sergey Shnurov, one of the most successful content producers in Russia, has been appointed the general producer of the international Russian-language television channel RTVI.

In this role, he will develop the channel’s general creative strategy and will take part in creating new programme concepts. He will also work on renewing RTVI’s positioning and promoting the brand.

Commenting on the appointment, RTVI’s majority owner Mikayel Israelyan said: “While working on expanding our business and increasing our audience, striving to keep the ties with Russian culture, we studied best practices and decided to create a new position and offer it to Sergey, who’s well known both in Russia and abroad. Sergey frequently visits countries with a high concentration of Russian-speakers and perfect-ly understands the mentality of our diaspora. We are sure that with Sergey coming on board RTVI will develop a new unique voice”.

Shnurov has been described as Russia’s most popular rock star. He said: “Throughout my life I’ve been working with the collective image of a Russian person, the topic of our mentality has always been the centre of my attention. In my work, I try to maintain a connection between our culture and language. Leading the RTVI team, I plan to develop a platform for discussing the most pressing and relevant issues on the international agenda that directly affect the political and social life of Russian speakers around the world”.

RTVI is based in New York and broadcasts in 53 countries to a potential audience of 225 million people.

Sergey Shrunov joins RTVI

By Chris Dziadul

Sergey Shnurov, one of the most successful content producers in Russia, has been appointed the general producer of the international Russian-language television channel RTVI.

In this role, he will develop the channel’s general creative strategy and will take part in creating new programme concepts. He will also work on renewing RTVI’s positioning and promoting the brand.

Commenting on the appointment, RTVI’s majority owner Mikayel Israelyan said: “While working on expanding our business and increasing our audience, striving to keep the ties with Russian culture, we studied best practices and decided to create a new position and offer it to Sergey, who’s well known both in Russia and abroad. Sergey frequently visits countries with a high concentration of Russian-speakers and perfect-ly understands the mentality of our diaspora. We are sure that with Sergey coming on board RTVI will develop a new unique voice”.

Shnurov has been described as Russia’s most popular rock star. He said: “Throughout my life I’ve been working with the collective image of a Russian person, the topic of our mentality has always been the centre of my attention. In my work, I try to maintain a connection between our culture and language. Leading the RTVI team, I plan to develop a platform for discussing the most pressing and relevant issues on the international agenda that directly affect the political and social life of Russian speakers around the world”.

RTVI is based in New York and broadcasts in 53 countries to a potential audience of 225 million people.

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