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    Attempts to discredit Russian media outlets, namely Sputnik news agency and RT broadcaster, by UK The Times newspaper was staged and well-planned in advance as part of information war, Russian lawmakers told RIA Novosti.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Over the last week, The Times published seven articles aimed at discrediting Sputnik and RT, in particular misleading commenting on the opening of offices of Sputnik and Russkiy Mir foundation in the United Kingdom, as well as covering of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

    "Evidently, it was staged. When it is just information war, there are isolated hoaxes, criticism. When it is constant, it is obvious that someone staged it beforehand, that is why such criticism arouses double distrust," Andrei Tumanov, first deputy chairman of the Russian parliament lower chamber's committee on information policy, said.

    Tumanov added that the critics were biased and were reflecting mainstream western policy, which implies aggression against Russia.

    Lyudmila Bokova, chairman of the Russian parliament' upper house commission on information society development, stressed that The Times editors were just afraid of distinguishing themselves from other media, virtually obliged to criticize Russia.

    Bokova added it was pointless to look for "double meaning" in opening of Russian agencies and foundations offices in Britain, as Moscow and London were historically linked and many Russian speakers, who needed support, including schools, foundations and media outlets, leaved in the United Kingdom.

    "We see inadequately set up information policy there, probably because there is envy that Russian media is more flexible, more interesting, more creative and we have rather wide covering format," Vadim Dengin, first deputy chairman of of the Russian parliament lower chamber's committee on informational policy, said.

    Dengin added that such attacks were only demonstrating that Russian media was successful and credible.

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