'A list of BBC reporters and other personnel working in Russia has been published online, after Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper published a “name and shame” hit piece about Sputnik agency employees in the UK.
The list featuring 44 names of BBC employees and their pictures first appeared on a public group page on the Russian social network Vkontakte – a sort of Russian version of Facebook – and in one of the posts on Pikabu, which is similar to Reddit.
It was apparently then published by a news website Segodnia.ru. The list includes correspondents, TV reporters, producers and camera operators, with pictures seemingly taken from their social media profiles or from other open sources.
This comes after the Sunday Times published a hit peace on the Edinburgh bureau of the Russian-funded news agency Sputnik, with names and pictures of its employees. The list included eight people - reporters, management and a person in charge of the IT department.
The article called the agency a “Kremlin stooge” in its headline, cited a Scottish MP who accused Sputnik of seeking to “destabilize” the UK, and called on the British authorities to seize the journalists’ assets.
The social media post accompanying the list of BBC journalists condemned the actions of the Times, comparing them to those of an infamous Ukrainian website Mirotvorets (Peacekeeper) that tracks the alleged “enemies” of Ukraine – meaning people who do not support Kiev’s current policies or share Moscow’s position on something.
The anonymous authors also accused the Times of exerting “psychological pressure” on the Russian journalists working in the UK and seeking to “discredit” their work.
The Sunday Times article was widely criticized in Russia.
“Happy upcoming 1933, my British friends,” RT’s Editor-in-Chief, Margarita Simonyan said in response to the article, referring to the year when Hitler established an absolute dictatorship in Germany.'
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