Jake Epstein, Charles R. Davis

March 3, 2022



The American branch of Russian state-run media outlet RT is shutting down and laying off most of its staff, CNN reported on Thursday.

RT America will be “ceasing production” at all locations because of “unforeseen business interruption events,” according to a memo obtained by CNN.

“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,” the memo said, according to the report.

It was previously announced that social media access for RT — and state-run news site Sputnik — would be largely shut down in the EU.

“The state-owned Russia Today and Sputnik, and their subsidiaries, will no longer be able to spread their lies to justify Putin’s war,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday.