Russian media conglomerate expanding into Central Asia

The Russian state-run media conglomerate Rossiya Sevodnya will be opening local bureaus in over 29 world capitals to expand global media presence in a bid to escalate an ongoing “information war” with the West. Details will apparently be released at an event in Moscow next month, but confirmed locations for the new bureaus include Dushanbe, Tajikistan and Belgrade, Serbia. Rossiya Sevodnya was established as the overarching entity for a number of Russian state-run news agencies established by decree of President Putin December 9 of 2013. The English website translates to Russia Today, but is not quite the same as the TV network which has been in operation for several years. Other services under the Rossiya Segodnya brand are RIA Novosti and Voice of Russia.

Simultaneously, an examination of the Russian budget reveals that Russia has increased spending on foreign media operations, appropriating some 15.38 billion rubles ($362.2 million) for RT in 2015, an increase of over 30%. Rossiya Segodnya’s budget has additionally been tripled to some 6.48 billion rubles, or $152.6 million. Western government officials have accused RT many times of being Kremlin propaganda mouthpieces, while Russian officials have accused Western media outlets of being unfairly hostile to Russian interests.

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