|Formation||10 December 2005|
|A global TV channel backed by the Russian government|
RT, originally Russia Today, is a television network funded by the Government of Russia. It operates cable and satellite television channels directed to audiences outside of Russia as well as providing Internet content in various languages, including Russian.
RT International, based in Moscow, presents around-the-clock news bulletins, documentaries, talk shows, debates, sports news, and cultural programmes about Russia. RT operates as a multilingual service with conventional channels in three languages: the original English language channel was launched in 2005, the Rusiya Al-Yaum Arabic language channel in 2007, and the Spanish language channel in 2009.
RT America (since 2010) and RT UK (since 2014) offer some locally based content for those countries.
On 17 October 2016, Britain's National Westminster Bank (NatWest), which is part of RBS Group, informed RT UK that it was going to close all of its bank accounts, without explanation. Although the British government is the Royal Bank of Scotland Group’s majority shareholder, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office denied any involvement. But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted that the decision had not been taken by the bank independently:
- “It’s as clear as day that this decision was not made by the bank. And not any other bank – banks don’t make such decisions on their own,” he said. “I believe an old saying is appropriate here: don’t treat others the way you don’t wish to be treated yourself.”
On 18 October 2016, the Daily Telegraph reported that NatWest was backtracking on freezing RT's bank account apparently because "Moscow responded to the threat by claiming it would freeze the BBC's finances in Russia and report Britain to international watchdogs such as the OSCE for violating Russia's right to freedom of speech."
Censorship by RT
It may be instructive to note that some material is removed from the Russia Today website.
A September 2011 report noted that Vladimir Putin had claimed that the suggestion that the US intelligence agencies were involved in the 9/11 attacks was "complete nonsense". By March 1, 2015, this had been removed from their website.
Truthseeker E30 & E21
The RT site produced a video series, "The Truthseeker", archives of which were available online. Two episodes however, Episode 30, "Who Has Nukes in the Middle East?", and Episode 21 "Americas Next Colonies Part 2" though available on YouTube, were no longer available from RT.com as of 1 March 2015.
Censorship of RT
|Document:The Curious Case Of Russia’s Contradictory Stance Towards 5G Technology||Article||18 May 2019||Andrew Korybko||While RT is telling the English-language international audience to be wary of 5G technology, the Russian state itself is already experimenting with it and doesn’t seem the least bit concerned about the potential health effects that it could have on its people.|
Documents sourced from Russia Today
|Document:A New Islamic cult||interview||Syria|
|20 November 2013||Nadezhda Kevorkova|
|Insights into the Western (especially US-Israeli) agenda for Syria and the Middle East following the effective blocking of a Libya-style military intervention in Syria by Russia in the Summer of 2013.|
|Document:A new US puppet government for Ukraine||audio transcript||Victoria Nuland|
2014 Ukraine coup
|7 February 2014||Geoffrey Pyatt||Clear, unambiguous confirmation that the US runs the Ukrainian opposition and that what is going on in Ukraine in 2013-14 is US sponsored "Regime Change". This is how the US installs its puppet governments while feigning outrage at the terrorist violence it organises and provokes to do so".|
|Document:Douma ‘attack’ witnesses speak at Russia-called OPCW briefing at The Hague||Article||White Helmets|
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
|26 April 2018||Halil al-Jaish who tended to people at the Douma hospital that day, told the press conference that some of the patients had indeed experienced respiratory problems. The symptoms, however, were caused by heavy dust, which engulfed the area due to recent airstrikes, and no one showed any signs of chemical warfare poisoning.|
|Document:Is Fukushima's nuclear nightmare over? Don’t count on it||article||BBC/Propaganda|
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
|12 March 2016||Chris Busby||Update on the developing Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster and a good illustration of BBC use of "Experts" to present and give credibility to outrageous falsehoods in support of the "nothing to see here" propaganda of the nuclear industry.|
|Document:Labour & ‘anti-Semitism’: Real goal of establishment smear campaign is to deny socialists power||Article||"Antisemitism"|
Board of Deputies of British Jews
Equality and Human Rights Commission
|23 April 2019||Ken Livingstone||After three years of screaming headlines, the truth about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is finally revealed: just 0.08 percent of Labour’s half-a-million members have said or tweeted something anti-Semitic|
|Document:Ratko Mladic Interview||interview||Serbia|
|26 August 2011||CNN|
|Document:Refugee crisis-Brought to you by Western Imperialism||article||2015 European refugee crisis||20 September 2015||Andre Vltchek||Home truths for European countries about their refugee crisis|
|Document:The real legacy of Chernobyl||article||Nuclear Industry|
|26 April 2016||Chris Busby||Suppressed information about the health risks of radiation 30 years after the Chernobyl disaster|
|Document:Vladimir Putin Interview||interview||"War on Terror"|
2011 Syrian Insurgency
|5 September 2013||Vladimir Putin||Press interview with Vladimir Putin ahead of the September 2013 G20 meeting in St Petersburg|
|Document:Western focus on delegitimizing Syria election||article||Syria|
2011 Syrian Insurgency
|4 June 2014||Sharmine Narwani||Ascerbic commentary on the attitudes and reporting of the western media on the June 2014 presidential election in Syria|
|Document:Will Geneva talks lead right back to Assad’s 2011 reforms?||article||2011 Syrian Insurgency||10 February 2016||Sharmine Narwani||Informed speculation that the Geneva conference on Syria will produce a result that could have been had 4 years earlier and before the loss of some 250,000 lives, countless refugees and massive infrastructure destruction.|
|Document:‘No slither of evidence’ against Russia over Skripal attack, George Galloway tells RT||Video||Theresa May|
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
|28 March 2018||George Galloway||George Galloway concludes: "The OPCW, which is currently examining samples of the nerve agent used against the Skripals, will presumably be lent upon to obfuscate the outcome. No one will ever know the truth.”|
|Document:‘What about the Israeli army killing unarmed Palestinian civilians’||Article||"Antisemitism"|
|27 April 2018||Ken Loach||Ken Loach asked the Belgian prime minister: “Mr Michel is a lawyer, did he wonder about Israel’s failure to comply with international law? Has he asked the question of colonisation of the Palestinian territories? Has he asked the question of unarmed Palestinian civilians killed by the Israeli army? Has he asked the question of refugees living under the protection of the United Nations?"|
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- "Bank didn’t decide to close RT accounts in Britain on its own – Lavrov"
- "NatWest Bank, reinstate Russia Today's UK's bank accounts!"
- "NatWest backs down over threat to freeze Russia Today's bank account"