According to Vladimir Proskuryakov, deputy chief of mission of the Russian Embassy to Canada, Russia's decision to close CBC's Moscow bureau was a retaliatory step in response to Canada's 'censorship in media.' Russia has moved to close CBC/Radio-Canada's Moscow bureau and strip its journalists of their visas and accreditation, saying it was retaliating after Canada banned Russian state TV station RT. The CBC bureau in Moscow, pictured in March 2020, had 10 employees, including editorial and administrative staff, some of whom were locally hired Russians. It was believed to be the first time that a foreign government had forced the closure of a CBC bureau. 'Not surprising,' says TrudeauSpeaking to reporters in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Russia's decision "unfortunate but not surprising."
Source: CBC News May 18, 2022 18:41 UTC