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The editor-in-chief of RT, the Kremlin-sponsored news organization, wants Americans to know they don’t have to be afraid of Russia anymore.
Margarita Simonyan, 37, became the top editor at RT when she was just 25 years old, and has continued to oversee the organization that was found by U.S. intelligence agencies to have attempted to “influence politics [and] fuel discontent” in the U.S.
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But in an interview with NBC News published Saturday, Simonyan said she is “very saddened” by the current relationship between the U.S. and Russia.
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“I lived in America. I love America. We are not Communists anymore,” Simonyan said. “We have changed, but for some reason, the establishment doesn’t recognize it and doesn’t give us a chance to show that we have changed. You don’t have to be afraid of us anymore.”
In a declassified report from the intelligence community published in January, RT is described as being of “importance to the Kremlin as a messaging tool” and said statements from leaders of RT, as well as efforts to expand RT's operations, “indicate a Kremlin-directed campaign to undermine faith in the US government and fuel political protest.”
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