TV Rain declared ‘undesirable organisation’ in Russia

The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has declared TV Rain, an independent Russian TV channel, an “undesirable organisation”.

A statement by the Prosecutor General’s Office says that TV Rain’s bureaus in Latvia (SIA TV Rain) and the Netherlands (TVR Studios B.V.) are “spreading content by extremist organisations (the Anti-Corruption Foundation and Navalny’s headquarters), terrorist organisations (Hizb ut-Tahrir), and foreign agents (Meduza, Radio Liberty)”.

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The Russian authorities also claim that TV Rain has been publishing content by other “undesirable” organisations. The channel also “discredits Russian government bodies and law enforcement, spreading unreliable information about the special military operation and supporting organisations and individuals included on the foreign agent list”.

The Russian Justice Ministry earlier added TV Rain reporter Mikhail Kozyrev to the “foreign agent” list.

TV Rain was forced to suspend operations in Russia shortly after the invasion of Ukraine. Its team first moved to Latvia, but the channel’s licence was revoked in December after one of its hosts, Alexey Korostylev, made controversial remarks live on air. TV Rain later got a broadcasting licence in the Netherlands.

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