The Russian state-run news outlet RT will receive an extra 1.2 billion rubles (about 19 million USD) in state funding over the next two years, the government announced on December 8.
Deputy Communications Minister Alexei Volin said that an additional funding aimed to help the channel with “a number of language tasks.”
Additional reports said that the development of French RT outlet is one of these tasks. The funds will be allocated at the start of 2017.
Initially, RT was set to receive 19 billion rubles (over 300 million USD from the Federal Budget of the Russian Federation in 2016. In January 2016, RT was subject to a budget cut of 10%.
Now, it seems the Russian government has reconsidered the issue and decided to provide more money to its main “propagada outlet” aimed to target the Wetstern audience.
In other words, the Euro-Atlantic establishment will face an increased media pressure from RT as resutl of its own actions.
Meanwhile, numerous alternative media outlets successfully provide various points of view on the ongoing events with minimal budgets or on a volunteer basis.