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Monday, October 17, 2016

National West Bank Freezes Russia Today's Bank Accounts in the UK

BBC Breaking: NatWest freezes Russia Today's bank accounts in the UK 

NatWest bank has frozen the accounts of state-run broadcaster Russia Today (RT), its editor-in-chief says.

Margarita Simonyan tweeted: "They've closed our accounts in Britain. All our accounts. 'The decision is not subject to review.' Praise be to freedom of speech!"

RT says the bank gave no explanation for its decision.

It said the entire Royal Bank of Scotland Group, of which NatWest is part, was refusing to service RT.

The broadcaster says NatWest wrote to its London office, saying: "We have recently undertaken a review of your banking arrangements with us and reached the conclusion that we will no longer provide these facilities."
The bank said its decision was final and it is "not prepared to enter into any discussion."

Are we entering a new Cold War?

Ofcom backs BBC in Russian TV case

He added that in order to "keep the pressure up", further sanctions against the Syrian regime "and their supporters" would be considered.

RT, which is run by the Kremlin, has previously been sanctioned by Ofcom for biased reporting.

This included claims that the BBC "staged" a chemical weapons attack for a news report on Syria.

The BBC won a case against the TV channel after complaining to Ofcom, saying the allegations made in a programme called The Truthseeker were false and struck "at the heart" of its obligations to accuracy and impartiality.

Ofcom ruled that elements of the programme were "materially misleading".

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If fedgov starts a war with Russia I won't be rallying around the flag. I have no illusions about Russia but there is nothing to be gained and much to be lost by poking the Bear.

Monday, October 17, 2016 2:16:00 pm  
Blogger Pete Rowe said...

RT is an arm of Russian Intelligence, but starting a war makes no sense. What is the West doing?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:47:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Do you think RT is as propagandistic as Pravda?

It seems to me RT puts out a lot of decent news. More than Al's Jizeera.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:55:00 am  
Blogger Pete Rowe said...

I have no basis for comparison. I do not remember reading Pravda.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 1:12:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Do you agree that RT seems a bit more accurate than Al Gore's Jiz?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 1:17:00 am  
Blogger Pete Rowe said...

Yes, I think RT is better than Al Jazera. Heck, RT is better than MSNBC and three alphabet networks.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 2:29:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Yes, they certainly report on a wider range of stories.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 4:07:00 am  

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