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    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) director of communications Joanna Levison declined to comment on a new project that seeks to counter what it calls a “Revanchist Russia”.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Daria Chernyshova — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), sponsored by the US government agency Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), declined to comment on a new project that seeks to counter what it calls a “Revanchist Russia” in its 2016 Federal Budget Request.

    “No comment at this time,” RFE/RL’s acting director of communications Joanna Levison told Sputnik Tuesday.

    Earlier this year, BBG, which broadcasts US-centric world news to overseas audiences, including the use of RFE/RL, requested an additional $15.4 million to expand its Russian-language programming and social media content. By comparison, its combined communication and outreach efforts against the Islamic State amount to $6.1 million.

    In the budget request, BBG says that “RFE/RL “began adding significant amounts of new content and multiplatform digital programming for Russia and the former Soviet Union following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014.”

    In fiscal year 2015, RFE/RL will create a new digital media department, DIGM, intended to counter what the department considers to be misinformation in online Russian-language areas by using social-media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki to spread its message.

    At the moment, RFE/RL website has several job vacancies in the new department. Applicants are required to be native Russian speakers.


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