Margarita Simonyan

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Person.png Margarita Simonyan  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(journalist, media executive)
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Born6 April 1980
Alma materKuban State University

Margarita Simonovna Simonyan is a Russian media executive who is the editor-in-chief of the Russian state-controlled broadcaster RT, as well as the state-owned media group Rossiya Segodnya.[1]

Moscow terror attack

Following the 2024 Crocus City Hall attack, Margarita Simonyan distributed videos showing the arrest and interrogation of several of the suspects involved in the attack, and claimed that the death toll had risen to over 140.[2]


Covering the Second Chechen War in the 2000s while working as a journalist, Margarita Simonyan promoted a pro-government position. Subsequently, she worked at Krasnodar television, was VGTRK's own correspondent in Rostov-on-Don, and worked as a special correspondent for the Vesti TV news program. She is a member of the board of directors of Channel One Russia and a member of the Academy of Russian Television. At the age of 25, she was appointed head of Russia Today (RT).[3]


In 2022 and 2023, Margarita Simonyan was sanctioned by the European Union, United Kingdom, and other states for her central role in state propaganda before and during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[4]

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