Russian lawmaker calls for an inspection of the BBC's Russian-language service for extremism
Parliament member Alexander Sidyakin, a member of Russia’s ruling United Russia party, has filed a request with the Attorney General to check the BBC's Russian-language service for extremism. Earlier today, he posted a copy of his official request to on Twitter.
Sidyakin directed his complaint to a tweet from the official BBC Russian Twitter account. The tweet (found below) referred to the grave of a Soviet soldier and a link to a Russian-language article, titled “The Rape of Berlin” (the English-language version of the article, published several months before its Russian translation, is available here).
The Attorney General’s Office has not yet commented on the issue.
Update: The BBC has apologized for the tweet above and deleted it, saying it does not live up to the outlet's standards for journalism.