RT Reporter Exits Network After ‘Misguided’ Praise of Stalin’s Gulags

RT America’s Washington correspondent Sameera Khan has left the network just days after tweeting out praise of Russian dictator Joseph Stalin’s gulags.

In a Twitter thread, Khan said that last Friday was her last day at the Russian state-owned media company and that her departure was planned weeks before her comments about the Soviet prison camps.

“As many of you may already know, I resigned from my position at RT a couple of weeks ago. Friday was my final day of work,” she said. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my colleagues in DC, London, and Moscow for their consistent support, guidance, and cooperation. It was an absolute privilege to work with such an outstanding group of people.”

“I submitted my resignation on September 30th — a week prior to that hilariously overblown tweet,” she added. “I am sure there will be many questions/concerns/conspiracy theories surrounding my resignation, and I plan to address them all.”

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As many of you may already know, I resigned from my position at RT a couple of weeks ago. Friday was my final day of work.

— Sameera Khan (@SameeraKhan) October 13, 2018

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my colleagues in DC, London, and Moscow for their consistent support, guidance, and cooperation. It was an absolute privilege to work with such an outstanding group of people.

– Sameera Khan (@SameeraKhan) October 13, 2018

Considering recent news reports, I am sure there will be many questions/concerns/conspiracy theories surrounding my resignation, and I plan to address them all.

– Sameera Khan (@SameeraKhan) October 13, 2018

I submitted my resignation on September 30th — a week prior to that hilariously overblown tweet.

– Sameera Khan (@SameeraKhan) October 13, 2018

Khan, a former Miss New Jersey, stirred internet outrage after sharing a pair of memes downplaying the atrocities of Stalin’s prisons of the 1930s through 1950s.

“Capitalists fooled you … again,” read the memes that go on to list a number of “facts,” including “Freedom of speech allowed,” “Education, music and theater for prisoners” and “Sentence revoked on good conduct.”

None of these things are true. In one meme shared by Khan, it attributed a bulleted list of claims to a “Source: Stalin haters won’t believe any source.”

RT’s Washington correspondent and former Miss New Jersey keeping it classy by white washing the gulag pic.twitter.com/YYLGWx2EgD

— Ian Bateson (@ianbateson) October 8, 2018

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Stalin’s murderous decades ruling the Soviet Union caused tens of millions of deaths, with many of them  happening in his gulag prison network.

In a statement, Khan’s then-employer condemned the remarks and promised to investigate the issue and whether the tweets merited disciplinary action.

“RT strongly condemns the posts in question. Ms Kahn’s posts do not represent the network, and were uninformed and misguided. RT is conducting a disciplinary review related to the situation,” a spokesperson told TheWrap at the time.

It’s unclear whether that review was ever completed or why RT would launch an investigation into an employee that was already planning to leave the network. Khan did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap. An RT spokesperson would only would confirm that she had resigned and refused to answer any specific questions.

Khan herself ultimately backed away from her claims about Stalin, tweeting out an apology last week before briefly deactivating her account.

“I have just found out that the memes I shared re: Stalin’s gulags were inaccurate. My apologies to all those who were offended,” she said. “I also in no way intended to make light of the tragic mass persecutions they took place under the Stalin regime and I again apologize for sharing this misleading and offensive information.”

This might be the best tweet ever pic.twitter.com/zhMG6z2EEu

– Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) October 9, 2018

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RT America’s Washington correspondent Sameera Khan has left the network just days after tweeting out praise of Russian dictator Joseph Stalin’s gulags.

In a Twitter thread, Khan said that last Friday was her last day at the Russian state-owned media company and that her departure was planned weeks before her comments about the Soviet prison camps.

“As many of you may already know, I resigned from my position at RT a couple of weeks ago. Friday was my final day of work,” she said. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my colleagues in DC, London, and Moscow for their consistent support, guidance, and cooperation. It was an absolute privilege to work with such an outstanding group of people.”

“I submitted my resignation on September 30th — a week prior to that hilariously overblown tweet,” she added. “I am sure there will be many questions/concerns/conspiracy theories surrounding my resignation, and I plan to address them all.”

Khan, a former Miss New Jersey, stirred internet outrage after sharing a pair of memes downplaying the atrocities of Stalin’s prisons of the 1930s through 1950s.

“Capitalists fooled you … again,” read the memes that go on to list a number of “facts,” including “Freedom of speech allowed,” “Education, music and theater for prisoners” and “Sentence revoked on good conduct.”

None of these things are true. In one meme shared by Khan, it attributed a bulleted list of claims to a “Source: Stalin haters won’t believe any source.”

Stalin’s murderous decades ruling the Soviet Union caused tens of millions of deaths, with many of them  happening in his gulag prison network.

In a statement, Khan’s then-employer condemned the remarks and promised to investigate the issue and whether the tweets merited disciplinary action.

“RT strongly condemns the posts in question. Ms Kahn’s posts do not represent the network, and were uninformed and misguided. RT is conducting a disciplinary review related to the situation,” a spokesperson told TheWrap at the time.

It’s unclear whether that review was ever completed or why RT would launch an investigation into an employee that was already planning to leave the network. Khan did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap. An RT spokesperson would only would confirm that she had resigned and refused to answer any specific questions.

Khan herself ultimately backed away from her claims about Stalin, tweeting out an apology last week before briefly deactivating her account.

“I have just found out that the memes I shared re: Stalin’s gulags were inaccurate. My apologies to all those who were offended,” she said. “I also in no way intended to make light of the tragic mass persecutions they took place under the Stalin regime and I again apologize for sharing this misleading and offensive information.”

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RT Correspondent Faces Disciplinary Review After ‘Misguided’ Praise of Stalin’s Gulags

RT’s Kremlin-financed Washington Correspondent Sameera Khan will face a “disciplinary review” after posting memes to Twitter praising the gulags of Joseph Stalin.
“RT strongly condemns the posts in question. Ms Kahn’s post…

RT’s Kremlin-financed Washington Correspondent Sameera Khan will face a “disciplinary review” after posting memes to Twitter praising the gulags of Joseph Stalin.

“RT strongly condemns the posts in question. Ms Kahn’s posts do not represent the network, and were uninformed and misguided. RT is conducting a disciplinary review related to the situation,” a spokesperson told TheWrap on Tuesday.

Khan, a former Miss New Jersey, shared two memes Monday that suggested the Soviet prison camps weren’t actually so bad and that their brutal reputation was a result of “capitalist” propaganda. She came in for immediate criticism online before ultimately deleting the posts — and her entire Twitter account.

“Capitalists fooled you … again,” read the memes that go on to list a number of “facts” including, “Freedom of speech allowed,” “Education, music and theater for prisoners” and “Sentence revoked on good conduct.”

None of these things are true. In one meme, an area dedicated to “source” instead read that “Stalin haters won’t believe any source”

Internet sleuths soon discovered many more instances of Khan praising the dictator in other tweets.

“No man has made a greater contribution to history than Stalin,” she told a Twitter user, before saying that nobody should be reading “western propaganda.”

In other tweets, Khan actively worked to downplay the atrocities of Stalin’s tyranny, according to another Twitter user.

Joseph Stalin ruled the Soviet Union from the mid 1920s until his death in 1953. His regime caused the deaths of millions of Russians, with many of them dying in his gulag prison network.

RT — formerly known as Russia Today — is Russia’s premiere state media enterprise and has been required to register as a “foreign agent” in the United States since November 2017. A rep for the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

In a statement some hours before she deleted her Twitter account, Khan apologized for the memes.

“I have just found out that the memes I shared re: Stalin’s gulags were inaccurate. My apologies to all those who were offended,” she said. “I also in no way intended to make light of the tragic mass persecutions they took place under the Stalin regime and I again apologize for sharing this misleading and offensive information.”

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