RT and Rossiya Segodnya Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan believes that foreign media have changed their opinion about the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Russia. Speaking at the Moscow City Press Center, she said that before the World Cup began, foreign media had published negative articles about the championship and the country, but after the opening the tone of the coverage changed.
"Dear me, how surprising that the shop shelves are fully stocked, that no one has been taken to prison or whipped, that everybody smiles. <…> Thanks for that. Dripping water eventually wears away stone, and finally we have got through the hard hearts of the mainstream Western media that finally saw us how we truly are," Simonyan said recalling several articles.
The editor-in-chief does not believe there is a global media conspiracy against Russia. In her opinion, the negativity of media coverage has less to do with political interests than simple ignorance.
"As a rule, those who write about Russia do not know it well. Their knowledge is stuck somewhere in 1987 or 1984 and remains roughly the same," Simonyan said.
She thanked Russian and foreign journalists who attended the events at the 11 city press centers and her colleagues at Rossiya Segodnya for setting up these venues.
"Thanks to the entire Rossiya Segodnya team for making this happen. It was very cool," Simonyan said in conclusion.
Look for the full transcript of the news conference on our website.