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RT America, Putin’s main Russia propaganda network in the United States, has effectively shut down as of this week.
In a memo sent out to RT staff Thursday, executive Misha Solodovnikov said the network was “ceasing production”.
Solodovnikov said “we anticipate this layoff will be permanent, meaning that this will result in the permanent separation from employment of most T&R employees at all locations.”
Those unforeseen interruptions are, undoubtedly, the result of massive global backlash against the Russian Federation.
As the world reacts in horror to Russia’s brutal onslaught in Ukraine, governments and corporations alike have shunned the world’s largest nation.
DirecTV and Roku, both main carriers of the RT network in the states, banned the channel from their platforms.
Roku has banned the channel from its platform across Europe as well.
News of the layoffs come as Russia continues to claim its attack on Ukraine is an effort to “denazify” the country and liberate its people. Meanwhile, Ukrainian civilians and immigrants, including African and Indian college students, are desperately fleeing the country.
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“I have never felt more heartbroken as they have nothing to do with this conflict and seriously were just trying to make a decent living to provide for their families,” the host said.