Hip Internet TV Channel Challenges The Kremlin’s Information Monopoly
Dozhd TV, a hip new Internet station that has been in existence for less than two years but has already attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers seeking an alternative to the scripted, monochrome, and heavily censored programming offered by the Kremlin-controlled channels…[READ MORE]
“I saw on television mostly young, active people clearly expressing their positions. I am pleased to see this and if this is the result of the Putin regime, then this is good.”
— Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaking today (December 15) in a nationally broadcast question-and-answer session in Moscow.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaking today (December 15) in a nationally broadcast question-and-answer session in Moscow.
WASHINGTON — A U.S. State Department official says recent mass protests in Russia could represent a “nationwide awakening” among Russians who want more accountability from their government…[READ MORE]
United Russia may have been hoping a red-blooded show of support at the pro-Kremlin rally might offset its considerable PR losses from the weekend.
RFE/RL Russian Service correspondents Yury Timofeyev and Irina Chevtayeva spoke to several protesters who claimed to have been paid for their time. One man, Aleksandr, said he had been brought on a bus from Zelenograd and promised 500 rubles ($16). “There’s no such thing as too much money, so I don’t care where they ask me to hang out.” [READ MORE]
For more photos of last week’s protests in Russia, check out our FB Friday Photos From…gallery.
For coverage of the events in Russia follow RFE/RL’s Russian service, Radio Svoboda.
As Russia gears up for mass nationwide demonstrations on Saturday, RFE/RL correspondents will provide wall-to-wall coverage with breaking news, live streaming video, and expert analysis. Be sure to follow Radio Svoboda online (also in Russian), The Power Vertical blog (also on Twitter), and RFERL.org for news as it happens.
# Preparations are taking place by various opposition groups for Saturday’s protest actions — both sanctioned and non-sanctioned. RFE/RL has interviews with opposition activists Yevgenia Chirikova, Arkady Murashev and Sergey Udaltsov (listen to Radio Svoboda’s “Facets of Time”.)
# The presence of nationalist voices is unsettling some of Russia’s ethnic minorities who are otherwise sympathetic to the movement’s goals. It’s a potential division that unnerves liberals and that the Kremlin is more than eager to exploit. Tom Balmforth reports from Moscow.
# Balmforth also profiles the tech-savvy organizers of the protests, which have been dubbed a “Facebook revolution” by one privately owned media outlet.
# Brian Whitmore examines “The Decembrist Uprising” and how out of touch Vladimir Putin and the ruling elite have become with the society they helped create.
# Live broadcasting and Twittering will start at 9 am (Prague time)/ 3 am (EST). RFE/RL reporters will be distributed throughout the country and will include dispatches from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Barnaul, Ulyanovsk, Tomsk, Izhevsk, Krasnodar, Arkhangelsk, Chelyabinsk, Ekaterinburg, and Tyumen.
# Live video streaming of Moscow events will start at 11 am (Prague time)/5 am (EST) on Radio Svoboda website.
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The rally in the capital took place despite a heavy police presence aimed at preventing a repeat of December 5, when more than 5,000 protesters took to the streets to express their opposition to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his United Russia party, which claimed a majority of seats in the December 4 parliamentary elections…[READ MORE]
Take a listen to the newest The Power Vertical podcast on Russia’s post-election fallout, and then join journalists Brian Whitmore and Kirill Kobrin on Wednesday at 11:30 am EST for RFE/RL’s first ever LIVE Facebook chat. Bring your questions and comments and help us make it a lively discussion. Listen to the podcast here.
Read Brian Whitmore’s analysis of Russia’s elections outcome, in The Power Vertical. What will happen next?
“The air of omnipotence that Putin has enjoyed — and counted on —for the past decade is gone. Watching his joint appearance with Medvedev on Sunday night, he looked shaken, vulnerable, and very very mortal.” [READ MORE]