Mr Ivan Rodionov is the senior editor of Ruptly, a newly established international news agency based in Berlin. Ruptly provides video news stories to clients around the world and is owned by the multilingual news channel RT, previously called Russia Today. His extensive background in journalism stretches back decades. Before establishing Ruptly he was the executive producer for RT’s Berlin bureau and the German bureau chief for Russian TV and Radio Broadcast Company RTR. He has also covered major international news stories such as the war in Afghanistan, the Palestinian intifada and the war in Chechnya for a variety of broadcasters and news agencies such as ZDF, TVS Moscow, and the Worldwide Television Agency, later owned by the Associated Press Television News.