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Post Fifteen Years of Putin; Rossya Channel 1
Created by John Eipper on 04/28/15 2:32 AM

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Fifteen Years of Putin; Rossya Channel 1 (Randy Black, USA, 04/28/15 2:32 am)

In his 27 April post, Eugenio Battaglia recommended that WAISers watch a Rossya Channel 1 (Russian Channel 1) documentary about President Putin's 15 years in power and to watch it with an open mind.

I might offer that I have an open mind, but will also keep in mind that President Putin and his cronies own Russian Channel 1.

So much for objectivity on the part of the writers, producers and directors. Roughly 75 percent of the channel is owned by the State agencies and the Federal Agency for State Property Management, formed by presidential degree and signed on March 9, 2004 by Putin. In effect, he controls who sits on the board of that state office. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Agency_for_State_Property_Management

Prior to becoming a totally state-owned network, the channel at least a marginal level of objectivity. However, dating from the mid-1990s to about 2000, Putin was able to wrestle control from the independent shareholders and to redistribute that ownership to his pals.

We get this channel by subscription in Dallas for my mother-in-law. Believe me when I say that there is absolutely nothing broadcast on Russian Channel One that remotely approaches objective news delivery.

Finally, among the owners of the "closed stock company," we find Putin's Press Secretary Alexey Gromov, the Chairman of the Board of Directors; Galina Karelova, Chairman of Russia's Social Insurance Fund, Mikhail Shvrdkoi, the Chief of the Federal Agency of Culture, a number of other people with important positions in Putin's Russia. Source: Ibid.

Thus, let's keep an open mind, but remind ourselves who owns and controls the network that produced the Russian documentary about President Putin.

As George W. Bush told the audience at The Republican Jewish Coalition April 26, "Hell, I'd be popular too if I owned NBC News."


JE comments:  There is a certain "Ministry of Truth" aspect to the whole Rossya 1 enterprise.

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  • Fifteen Years of Putin; Rossya Channel 1 (Boris Volodarsky, Austria 04/28/15 5:14 AM)
    I fully agree with Randy Black (28 April). I watch Russian television every day (various channels). It is pure propaganda and nothing else. Now, I do not think there is anything in Russia that is not propaganda. Even my favourite program Krivoe Zerkalo contains a lot of it.

    The Ministry of Truth, as both JE and Orwell timely and correctly put it, rests peacefully when the Kremlin-sponsored machine moves. And there's a lot of money behind it while the doctors, teachers and pensioners do not get anything. I am so terribly sorry for this country. Randy was there. He knows it well. He is married to a Russian woman. One should trust his judgment.

    JE comments:  Speaking of Russia's pensioners and public-sector employees, I've heard anecdotal reports that they aren't getting paid.  Any truth in this?

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  • Fifteen Years of Putin (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy 04/28/15 9:45 AM)
    To Randy Black's "open mind" post of 28 April, maybe it would be appropriate to quote the Italian writer Curzio Malaparte.

    In his book La Pelle he writes:

    "I love Americans because they are good Christians, sincerely Christian. Because they believe that Christ is always on the side of whom is right.  Because they believe that it is a fault to be wrong, that it is immoral to be wrong. Because they believe that only they are right."

    JE comments:  To our occasional series on American Exceptionalism, should we add self-assuredness?  Presently I'm finishing up the 8-CD collection of Edmund Morris's Theodore Rex.  TR was was the quintessential American of his age, and he apparently had no concept of self-doubt.

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