"The fact that our western colleagues have shown no concern about media being gagged in Turkey – and also in the European Union where Sputnik has recently come under attack – speaks volumes about the double standards [they apply]," Mikhail Yemelyanov, of the party A Just Russia, told RIA Novosti.
In March, Latvia shut down Sputnik's local website, citing a purported violation of EU regulations. This move was followed by neighboring Estonia's Prime Minister Taavi Roivas telling the national parliament that the agency had been put under surveillance.
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