MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Kosachev told the RT news network earlier he wanted to take down his account after the microblogging website decided to ban advertising by RT and the Sputnik news agency.
"I am a Twitter user and have been relying on the independence of this social network. Now I see that it is obviously dependent in its actions, it is politicized. So I have decided to unsubscribe from Twitter and delete my account. If you want, it can be perceived as an action of solidarity with RT and Sputnik… From now, Twitter is not interesting for me, and I cease to use its services," Konstantin Kosachev said as quoted by RT broadcaster.
He added that Twitter violated the freedom of speech by imposing a ban on ads from RT and Sputnik
Sputnik news agency said in a press release it had never used any paid promotion on Twitter. Margarita Simonyan, the RT editor-in-chief, said she regretted the ban in light of Russia’s possible measures against US media.
Russia has repeatedly denied these claims over the lack of sufficient evidence.