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“Russia Today” Shuts Down American Production

Russian state-funded RT America is shuttering its U.S. operations, according to a memo to staff sent one week into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The memo from T&R Productions, obtained by CNN, said the U.S. branch was ceasing production due to “unforeseen business interruption events” and laying off the majority of its staff, effectively putting an end to Russia’s main mouthpiece in the United States.

“Unfortunately, we anticipate this layoff will be permanent, meaning that this will result in the permanent separation from employment of most T&R employees at all locations,” wrote T&R Productions general manager Misha Solodovnikov.

Amid rising international backlash to Russia’s war on Ukraine, RT America has suffered several financial blows in the past week.

DirecTV, one of two major television providers to carry the network, announced it would be dropping it, according to a report. Roku also said it was removing RT from the Roku Channel Store internationally.

The company has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.

Holland Cooke, host of The Big Picture on RT America, confirmed the news in a blog post.

“While Sarah and I were toasting each other at the swim-up bar last week, RT colleagues back in Washington began bailing; and under the circumstances I too was feeling complete when I returned to a shorthanded operation. I agreed to do a show this week, and had booked and was scripting on the topic of refugees, a snapshot of desperate Ukraine pilgrims’ plight. But that show won’t air. In an all-hands meeting Thursday (3/3) at noon, management spared remaining RT-ers the dilemma,” Cooke wrote on Talkers.

RT’s headquarters operates out of Moscow and broadcasts in over a hundred countries, according to its social media pages.

Original Article: Russia’s RT America ceases production

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  1. What could be the next biggest shutdown?

    I believe its Bitcoin cryptocurrency – WHY:
    It is to prevent Russia from using the Bitcoin in place of the Russian ruble. To prevent Russia from using Bitcoin – Countries could make it illegal if they fail to prevent Russia from using Bitcoin assets.

    All Bitcoin transactions are public, traceable, and permanently stored in the Bitcoin network. Bitcoin addresses are the only information used to define where bitcoins are allocated and where they are sent. These addresses are created privately by each user’s wallets.

    Could Bitcoin theoretically or practically drop to zero. The answer is yes!

    • Nope, ain’t gonna happen. Already been tried elsewhere with little success and too many powerful players are already heavily invested in it. The motivation for having personal control over your own finances has never been higher and it is growing exponentially now that people like Trudeau have shown that what they want is to be able to confiscate or freeze your account at will. You obviously do not really understand the nature of Bitcoin and other distributed crypto currencies. Yes, enough effort can result in tracking most people’s transactions if they have done kyc and keep their coins on an exchange, but this is not practical when millions of people are using it and do not cooperate in giving up their personal keys. Governments cannot confiscate or freeze these funds like they can in a bank account owned by the central bankers. They will try, and they have tried, but they are going to have to learn to live with it.

  2. It’s you who who do NOT understand computer code.
    May I suggest you read a MIT Technology Review: “Blockchain – Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked”. More and more security holes are appearing in cryptocurrency and smart contract platforms, and some are fundamental to the way they were built. “In total, hackers have stolen nearly $2 billion worth of cryptocurrency since the beginning of 2017, mostly from exchanges, and that’s just what has been revealed publicly.” Marketing slogans and headlines that called the technology “unhackable” were dead wrong.

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