Editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan of RT TV
Wealthy Russian Natwest customers ‘prepare to REMOVE their money from the bank in protest after it freezes the accounts of Kremlin-backed TV channel Russia Today’
Editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan tweeted: “They’ve closed our accounts in Britain. All our accounts. ‘The decision is not subject to review.’ Praise be to freedom of speech!”
The bank said the decision was “not taken lightly” and that the accounts were “still operative” at present.
An MP from Russia’s ruling party has said its parliament will demand an explanation from the UK.
RT says the entire Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group, of which NatWest is part, is refusing to provide its services.
The broadcaster, previously known as Russia Today, says NatWest wrote to its London office saying: “We have recently undertaken a review of your banking arrangements with us and reached the conclusion that we will no longer provide these facilities.”
Ms Simonyan (right) once received flowers from Vladimir Putin on her 25th birthday