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Russia calls Voice of America radio "spam", takes it off air

Published on Apr 9, 2014 11:24 PM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia has pulled the US-funded Voice of America radio station from the air, a senior state media official said Wednesday, calling it "spam on our airwaves."

Mr Dmitry Kiselyov, the head of the Rossiya Segodnya state media conglomerate, said a contract to broadcast Voice of America on AM radio would not be renewed.

"Rossiya Segodnya will not work with Voice of America," Mr Kiselyov said, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

The United States has targeted Mr Kiselyov for sanctions over his role in promoting Russia's annexation of Crimea. He presents a highly opinionated weekly news show on state television.

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