Putin Shuts Down RIA Novosti, Sets Up Russia Today
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has signed an order for the abolishment of RIA Novosti information agency.
Under the President’s order, an international news agency Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today) will be established on the basis of RIA Novosti.
The order states that the coverage of public policy and social activities of the Russian Federation abroad would be top priority for the new news agency.
Director General of “Rossiya Segodnya” will be appointed by the Russian President. The Agency will be based in the building where now RIA Novosti is located.
Under President’s another order, Rossiya 1 news anchor Dmitriy Kiselev has been appointed as Director General of “Rossiya Segodnya”.
Kiselev gained controversial reputation after deriding gays and protester in Kiev.
A few days ago the state-controlled television, which can also be viewed in parts of Ukraine, put the spotlight on European liberalism in the context of the Ukraine crisis by broadcasting clips of a Swedish television show intended to explain bodily functions to children.
After showing excerpts, the Russian host, Dmitri Kiselev, said the show explained why “early sex is the norm” in Sweden, and then concluded, “There you have European values in all their glory.”
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