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Latvia bans Russian television channel RT
Dmitry Kiselyov (touching the screen) with Vladimir Putin
Dmitry Kiselyov (touching the screen) with Vladimir Putin Credit: Пресс-служба Президента России (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

Latvian National Electronic Mass Media Council announced it has banned the state-controlled Russian television channel RT. The ban will be valid for as long as Dmitry Kiselyov, network executive, remains on the list of sanctioned persons of the European Union’s.

The Council banned seven distinct channels belonging to the multilingual network operated by RT from being broadcast in the country, accusing RT of attempting to present Latvia as a failed state.

About 30 per cent of the country's population speaks Russian as a first language, with most of them being ethnic Russians.