Global media is reporting that Britain has sanctioned 14 more Russian entities and people, including state media organizations, for spreading “fake news and narratives.” According to a Reuters report:
March 31, 2022 Britain announced sanctions on 14 more Russian entities and people on Thursday, including state media organisations behind RT and Sputnik and some senior figures, saying it was targeting those who push out President Vladimir Putin’s “fake news and narratives”. Britain is acting in concert with its Western allies to try to cripple Russia’s economy as punishment for its invasion of Ukraine, and has already sanctioned more than 1,000 individuals and businesses. Among those sanctioned on Thursday were RT’s managing director, Alexey Nikolov, Sergey Brilev, a prominent news anchor at the state-owned Rossiya Television and Radio network, and Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Anton Anisimov. The government said it was also directly sanctioning state media organisations, including Kremlin funded TV-Novosti which owns RT, and Rossiya Segodnya, which controls news agency Sputnik.
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According to the UK foreign office, the list includes the following people and entities:
- Sergey Brilev, a famous TV anchor on Russian state-owned media Rossiya and propagandist for Putin
- TV-Novosti, owner of RT, formerly Russia Today
- Rossiya Segodnya, which controls the Sputnik news agency
- Aleksandr Zharov, Chief Executive Officer of Gazprom-Media and former Head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor)
- Alexey Nikolov, Managing Director of RT
- Anton Anisimov, Head of Sputnik International Broadcasting
- Mikhail Mizintsev, a prominent Russian Colonel-General who is the Chief of the National Defence Command and Control Centre
- Seven individuals connected to the Strategic Culture Foundation
In March, Ofcom announced that due to Russia’s new laws, which effectively criminalize any independent journalism, it revoked RT’s license to broadcast in the UK. According to the UK foreign office, the new sanctions “will ensure RT will not be able to find its way back on UK televisions.”
UK media recently revealed that British businessman Christopher Wood, running the firm behind the UK arm of RT, has earned more than £2m from the firm in just three years.