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Russia Today U.S. Anchor Resigns On Air Over Crimean Crisis (VIDEO)

Published: March 6, 2014 (Issue # 1800)



  • Liz Wahl, U.S. anchor for Russia Today.
    Photo: Photo YouTube screenshot

A U.S. anchor at the Kremlin-funded TV news channel RT has resigned on air, saying the network whitewashes the actions of President Vladimir Putin.

Liz Wahl began the surprise announcement Wednesday by referring to Russias intervention in Crimea and saying that as a reporter on the RT network, she faced many ethical and moral challenges.

I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin, she said. I believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, Im resigning.

RT condemned her public resignation in a statement as nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.

Wahls announcement came days after another RT presenter, Abby Martin, spoke out on air against Russian intervention in the Crimea, saying what Russia did is wrong.

RT said in a statement that Martin would be sent to Crimea to give her an opportunity to make up her own mind from the epicenter of the story.

RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan responded to both presenters actions Thursday with a blog post on the website of Ekho Moskvy radio station.

Simonyan blamed pressure from other journalists, saying RT employees were constantly accused of distributing Kremlin propaganda and that not everyone could withstand such pressure.

She also suggested Wahl had been inspired to make the announcement after seeing how much publicity Martins speech had got.

RT broadcasts in several languages, including in English. Its coverage tacks closely to the Russian government positions, and content devoted to negative aspects of life in Western countries makes up a substantial part of its broadcasts.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Aug. 1


Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldnt miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoyed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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