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​5 very serious answers to 5 very serious questions from BuzzFeed

Margarita Simonyan is RT's Editor-in-Chief.

Published time: March 12, 2014 14:17
Chief editor of Russia Today TV channel Margarita Simonyan (RIA Novosti / Sergey Pyatakov)

Today I received some interesting questions from BuzzFeed reporter Rosie Gray. RT press office sent me the draft of the answers. They're so funny that I decided to leave them here. Take them as they are, BuzzFeed.

5 Very Serious Answers to 5 Very Serious Questions from BuzzFeed.

‪BuzzFeed: Do you regularly have meetings at the Kremlin or with Russian government officials? Can you describe them, if so? How much direct influence does the Kremlin have over what RT reports?

‪I don't have to go to meetings at the Kremlin because I already live there. My office is located there as well, as are the offices of all other TV executives in Russia. And RT doesn't do any of its own investigating or reporting -- we just read the latest Kremlin press releases on camera. It is much more efficient that way.

BuzzFeed: Why is your office apparently located on a different floor than the newsroom, as one employee told me?

No idea on which floor my RT office is, as I work straight out of my Kremlin digs. I've heard that it's nice though.

View of the Kremlin and St. Basil Cathedral (RIA Novosti / Anton Denisov)

BuzzFeed: Also, was Anastasia Churkina hired because of who her father is? Why was she allowed to interview her own father on camera?

All of our employees are hired based on the criteria of being Vitaly Churkin's children. Anastasia Churkina interviewed her father because his other children were busy at that time.

‪BuzzFeed: I'm told that RT Arabic is run by President Putin's former translator -- is that how that position was filled?

Indeed it is. Please note that the head of RT Spanish is President Putin's former chef and the head of RT International is his former hairdresser. Presidential affiliations are the only credentials that matter in prospective candidates who are not fortunate enough to be Mr. Churkin's offspring.

BuzzFeed: Based on the perspective of former employees…

Are you sure? It is highly unlikely you could reach actual former-RT employees as it is company policy to unleash the KGB on anyone who dares to leave.

Margarita Simonyan, RT’s editor-in-chief

Comments (41)


ed johnson 04.05.2014 02:42

Dear Ms Simonyan:

Y ou may wish to look at Obama's press conference
with Merkel.

Oba ma claims that the current junta regime in Kiev
is 'duly elected'.

T he MSM has not mentioned this breathtaking error/lie.

Perhaps you should note this glaring error/lie and
the thundering silence of the MSM.


Tory 01.05.2014 02:23

In 2013, 798,000 children were abducted, raped, and murdered by bankers, politicians, and the military. This was in the USA, not including other NWO terrorist states. When is RT going to address this, Ms Simonyan? It is great that you are happy, but we are being tortured everyday with energy weapons, and many other horrible acts. We can't bear living with the nazi nwo, please help us.


Wise 24.04.2014 19:36

You go girl, lol nice answers i liked the one about A. Churkina (All of our employees are hired based on the criteria of being Vitaly Churkin's children. Anastasia Churkina interviewed her father because his other children were busy at that time. ) its killing me hahaha

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