A press center of Sputnik Belarus, a local department of the Russia-sponsored news agency, has opened in Minsk on Thursday.
The ceremony was attended by Belarus Information Minister Liliya Ananich, Russian Ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov and Russia Today CEO Dmitry Kiselyov, who, by the way, was wearing pink socks.Kiselyov is notorious for his propaganda efforts in covering the Russo-Ukrainian conflict.
The ‘very important guests’ were guarded by the riot police. The photo exhibition was dedicated to the day of the integration of Russia and Belarus.
Pro-Kremlin news agency Russia Today launched Sputnik, a ‘multimedia hub’, in November, 2014. Sputnik set sights on a global audience: it is reported to broadcast in 30 languages (incl. Arabic, Chinese, English, Estonian, French, Deutsch, Georgian, Japanese, Latvian, Moldovian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Ukrainian, Belarusian).
Dmitry Kiselyov, a journalist who is often accused of fuelling anti-Ukrainian and anti-Western hysteria, issued a stark warning to the United States about Moscow’s nuclear capabilities in March, 2014 as the White House threatened sanctions over Crimea‘s referendum on union with Russia.
“Russia is the only country in the world that is realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash,” he said on his weekly current affairs show. Behind him was a backdrop of a mushroom cloud following a nuclear blast.
Dmitry Kiselyov gained notoriety after he became an anchorman at Sunday’s news program on TV channel Rossiya 1. In his interpretation broadcasting news turns into shows of hatred. For his ‘loyalty’ he was promoted to Director of international informational agency Russia Today.