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Russian news agency leaving UK

Russian news agency Sputnik, criticized for being a part of Russian propaganda, has announced it’s stopping its operations in Britain and is moving the English language service to Moscow and Washington.

”The Sputnik international news agency is moving the UK-based activities of its English edition to the United States and Russia as part of a reorganisation, while the coverage of news related to the United Kingdom will continue as normal”, the agency said on its website.

”The relocation is part of a reorganisation commissioned by the managers of the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency (Russia Today), the parent company of Sputnik. The international edition in English will now be handled by the Sputnik offices in Washington and Moscow. The coverage of developments in the United Kingdom will continue as normal.”

Sputnik was launched in 2014. The agency says it has services in 30 languages and offices in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and North and South America.

Both Russia Today and Sputnik have by US authorities been accused of acting like “a platform for Kremlin messaging”. Britain also accused Russia of trying to interfere in its 2019 national election.

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