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NTV Documentary Alleges Campaign Against Church

Published: January 23, 2013 (Issue # 1743)


MOSCOW State-controlled NTV television Sunday aired its latest documentary-style film targeting prominent opposition figures, this time for allegedly being part of an organized information campaign to discredit the Russian Orthodox Church.

The film, I Dont Believe It, accuses popular blogger Rustam Adagamov a member of the opposition Coordination Council TV hosts Leonid Parfyonov and Vladimir Pozner, and others of links to an anti-clerical campaign partly run out of Ukraine.

Ukrainian feminist group Femen, known for staging topless protests, and the punk band Pussy Riot are portrayed as among the most infamous manifestations of the campaign.

Other participants in the effort, primarily bloggers and journalists, receive payouts in exchange for negative coverage of the church, the program alleges, and others come across as repulsive people.

Adagamov, for example, is said to be willing to accept 150,000 rubles ($5,000) for a blog post, and the show repeats allegations recently made by his ex-wife that he is a pedophile.

The blogger responded by saying that he was proud to be grouped with Pozner and controversial curator Marat Gelman, and criticized NTV for failing to mention his pro-Church activities.

Wheres the part about how I used my blog to help Father Vladislav from Belgorod, who had adopted an orphan, raise money for a new house? Adagamov wrote on his Facebook page, adding that the film was a piece of crap.

Parfyonov, a former host on NTV, directed his anger at filmmaker Boris Korchenikov, a journalist and actor best known for his role in Kadety, a television drama about military cadets.

What is this shoddy, pompous heap of nonsense? Do you think Orthodox patriotism atones for the sin of wretched journalism? Parfyonov wrote on his Live Journal blog.

Church spokesman Vsevolod Chaplin defended the film, saying it accurately reflected the general publics mood, not including certain urban cliques, RIA-Novosti reported.





 


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Thursday, Oct. 2


The celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov continues with todays free exhibition in the citys Lermontov Library at 19 Liteiny Prospekt. Titled Under the Rustling Wings, the temporary exhibition will feature the costumes and scenery used in the 1917 production of Lermontovs play The Masquerade, which he wrote in 1835 when he was only 21 years old.



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Saturday, Oct. 4


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Tuesday, Oct. 7


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