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Does Russia's Global Media Empire Distort the News? You Be the Judge

Tracer bullets from pro-Russian militants are fired at the National Guard of Ukraine, in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on June 3
Tracer bullets from pro-Russian militants are fired at the National Guard of Ukraine, in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on June 3Photograph by Sergey Gapon/AFP via Getty Images

While Russia pulls its troops back from the Ukrainian border, a second instrument of Russian power remains firmly in place: a network of Kremlin-funded media outlets that is bringing news of the Ukraine crisis to millions of people worldwide.

RT, a state-owned multilingual television network that’s Russia’s answer to CNN and Al-Jazeera, made headlines earlier this year when one of its American anchors announced her resignation on the air, saying she did not want to work for a network that “whitewashes the actions” of President Vladimir Putin. RT says on its website that it has a staff of more than 1,000 in 22 bureaus worldwide and that more than 600 million people have access to its broadcasts.