UK media is reporting that Russian news agency Sputnik announced it will discontinue operations in Britain and move its English-speaking reporting to Washington and Moscow. According to a Reuters article:
April 2, 2021 Russian news agency Sputnik will halt operations in Britain and move its English language service to Moscow and Washington, the media group that launched it in 2014 said on Friday, at a time when Russian-British relations have hit a low point. Rossiya Segodnya said the move was part of a plan to reorganize its international presence in a more effective manner. It said that Sputnik, which has offices in London and Edinburgh, would continue covering British news.
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Sputnik is a Russian state-owned news agency established in 2014 and operating in over 30 languages. It has been frequently accused of spreading disinformation and is monitored by the strategic communication divisions of the EU and NATO.
In March, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that Sputnik was resuming its activities in Estonia after having suspended its activities a year earlier due to sanctions imposed on Dmitri Kisseljov, the head of the media group that owns Sputnik.
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