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Russia Challenges West With Sputnik Media Launch


Dmitry Kiselyov, general director of the news agency Russia Today, talks at a presentation of the new Russian news agency Sputnik in Moscow on November 10.

Dmitry Kiselyov, general director of the news agency Russia Today, talks at a presentation of the new Russian news agency Sputnik in Moscow on November 10.

Russia is launching a new media organization, with hundreds of journalists in foreign bureaus, in a bid to counter the Western media.

Dmitry Kiselyov, head of the state-owned media organization Rossia Segodnya, said on November 10 that Sputnik was created to compete with what he called the "aggressive propaganda" that Western media outlets are "feeding the world."

Kiselyov, speaking in Moscow, said Sputnik will "provide an alternative interpretation of the world."

Kiselyov said Sputnik will have news bureaus in 30 cities including Washington, London, Paris, Berlin, and several capitals in former Soviet republics.

He said it would broadcast in 34 countries in 30 languages by the end of 2015.

The announcement came on the same day that Britain's broadcasting regulating agency warned Russian state-funded RT about biased reporting and threatened it with sanctions.

Based on reporting by Reuters, "The New York Times," and "The Guardian"
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