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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.





 


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Tickets are still available for local KHL team SKA St. Petersburgs showdown with Siberian club Metallurg Novokuznetsk tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Ice Palace outside the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. Tickets can be purchased on the teams website, at the arena box office or in their merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.


Celebrate one of Russian literatures most tragic figures during Blok Days, a two-day celebration of the 134th anniversary of the poets birthday. The tragic tenors work, which led to writer Maxim Gorky to hail him as Russias greatest living poet before his death in 1921, will be recited and meetings and discussions about his contributions to the Silver Age of literature in St. Petersburg will be discussed in the confines of his former residence.



Friday, Nov. 28


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Saturday, Nov. 29


Cats, dogs, birds, rodents and reptiles are just some of the things that will walk and crawl at Lenexpo convention center this weekend as part of Zooshow, a two-day exhibition featuring not only mans best friends but a four-legged fashion show, as well as a food fair that will help pet owners find out more about which kibbles are best for their hungry pets.



Sunday, Nov. 30


Remember the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Russo-Finnish war in 1939 during todays reenactment titled Winter War: How it Was. More than 200 people will take part in recreating the opening salvoes of the battle for the north in Kamenka, a small village situated between Vyborg and St. Petersburg, using authentic equipment and vintage vehicles from the era. The faux battle begins at 2 p.m.



Monday, Dec. 1


Serbia filmmaker Emir Kusturica is the featured guest this evening at the Lensovet Palace of Culture the Petrograd Side. Fans of the director will get the chance to watch his movie Black Cat, White Cat, as well as ask questions about his award-winning filmography. Tickets for the event, which starts at 7 p.m., start at 2,000 rubles ($42.50).



Tuesday, Dec. 2


Today is the final day of Takoy Festival, a three-week program of plays based on the works of Dostoevsky, Remarque and other famed European writers, whose work is transcribed for theatrical performances. Tonights festival finale is Fathers and Sons, a two-act drama staged by the Novosibirsk Academic Drama Theater based on Turgenevs classic about familial relations.



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