An employee of the Rossiya Segodnya news agency was ordered not to call the Taliban an organization banned in Russia.
The leadership of the Rossiya Segodnya international news agency demanded that its employees in Russia indicate in the news about the Taliban * that this organization is recognized as terrorist and banned, and accompany references to it with a different, softer formulation.
The corresponding order in a letter, which on Monday, November 8, was sent to the agency’s departments by one of the divisions of MIA “Russia Today”, reported Telegram channel “Caution, news”.
An employee of RIA Novosti (part of the Rossiya Segodnya MIA) confirmed to the Can Explain channel that he had received such a letter.
Earlier, RIA Novosti, in accordance with the law adopted by the Duma and the requirements of Roskomnadzor, indicated in the news about the Taliban that it was a “terrorist organization banned in Russia.”
The leadership of MIA “Russia Today” demanded to use another formulation instead of this – “the organization is under UN sanctions for terrorist activities.” News about the Taliban with such a footnote began to appear on the RIA Novosti website on Monday. A similar wording was used on the RT in Russian website.
The general director of MIA “Russia Today” is TV presenter Dmitry Kiselev, editor-in-chief – Margarita Simonyan. The agency includes RIA Novosti and Sputnik.
In the unified list of organizations recognized as terrorist in Russia, the Taliban movement is still present.
On October 21, Russia, Vladimir Putin said that the UN Security Council should be the first to do it.
“Russia’s position will be to move in this direction.
Putin made such a statement the day after the leadership of the Russian Foreign Ministry with a speech by the Taliban, which took place in Moscow. The meeting took place within the framework of the first visit of the Taliban to the Russian capital after their seizure of power in Afghanistan in August this year.
* Taliban – terrorist banned in Russia organization