© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in fotobanka the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov at the VI world Congress of Russian compatriots living abroad. 31 October 2018© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase the image Bank
Moscow will continue to support Russian-speaking journalists who are feeling the pressure abroad, said the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
«We will continue to pay close attention to the protection of the rights of Russian-speaking journalists who are victims of discriminatory policies, often encountering outright blackmail and threats. We will continue to demand pointy reaction to these questions of such international platforms as the UN and the Council of Europe,» he said, speaking at the world Congress of Russian compatriots in Moscow.
The situation with the Russian media in the West in recent years is becoming increasingly difficult. In November 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution, which refers to the need to counter the Russian media, with the main threats in the document named Sputnik and RT. A number of Western politicians, including us senators and congressmen, and the President of France, was accused of Sputnik and RT interference in elections in the United States and France, however, did not lead any evidence. Russian officials said that such statements are unfounded.
Sometimes Russian journalists even imprisoned. Since may 15, 2018 chief information partner of the MIA «Russia today», RIA Novosti — Ukraine, Kirill Vyshinsky was taken into custody in Kiev. The journalist announced that he was suspected of supporting the breakaway republics of Donbass and treason. Kherson city court on may 17 sent Wyszynski into custody. The defence appealed the arrest, but the court dismissed the appeal. During the meeting, Vyshinsky asked for help to the Russian leader and said he will refuse Ukrainian citizenship. Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the situation as unprecedented, saying that Wyszynski was arrested «for his direct professional activities, for exercising his journalistic functions».