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  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: While RT is known for giving airtime to conspiracy theories, it was tolerated by much of the world since it didn't quite count as a Tokyo Rose yet. That all changed following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukrainenote , when RT was forced to shutter its European and American operations, resulting in layoffs; its mobile apps were removed from app stores; its YouTube channel was demonetized; and the channel itself was booted off air in the West, either due to government action or decisions made by private cable carriers. Not helping matters was its website being defaced by the hacktivist collective Anonymous in retaliation for the Ukraine invasion. Previously, RT was banned in Ukraine in 2014 after Russia's annexation of Crimea; Latvia and Lithuania implemented similar bans in 2020.
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