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Prosecutors Find No Signs of Extremism at Dozhd TV

Published: February 2, 2014 (Issue # 1795)



  • Despite losing about 20 percent of its viewership due to the suspensions, Dozhd saw an increased its number of paid Internet subscribers — a sign of continuing support for the station.
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Prosecutors have found no signs of extremism in a poll run by independent television channel Dozhd on Sunday about the World War II Siege of Leningrad.

Federal and St. Petersburg lawmakers had asked Prosecutor General Yury Chaika to examine Dozhd over the poll, which asked whether Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, should have been surrendered to the Nazis to save lives.

Between 300,000 and 1.5 million people died during the siege, which lasted almost 900 days before eventually being lifted in January 1944.

Related: Cable, Satellite Companies Pull Russian TV Station Over WWII Poll

The poll was quickly removed after attracting some angry comments from Internet users and the channel has since issued a number of apologies for unintentionally offending their audience.

The apologies have failed to satisfy a number of officials, who decided to involve the Prosecutor General's Office.

The measure is seen by many as part of an opportunistic and concerted attack on an independent broadcaster that frequently gives airtime to the activities of Kremlin opponents.

Related: Revisionism Under Fire After Controversial Poll

However, an unidentified prosecutor told Interfax on Friday that although the check is ongoing, it is unlikely to result in the channel's closure.

"It is already obvious" that prosecutors won't have to close the channel, in so much as Dozhd's violations do not amount to 'extremism'," the prosecutor said.

The official results of the inquiry are not expected to be released until next week.

It is not the only examination related to the poll that the Prosecutor General's Office has been asked to carry out.

At least five cable providers, including VimpelCom and Rostelecom, have suspended Dozhd broadcasts, and the presidential human rights council wants prosecutors to check whether those companies' actions violated consumer rights laws.

Dozhd has lost about 20 percent of its viewership due to the suspensions, though it has increased its number of paid Internet subscribers — a sign of continuing support for the station.





 


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Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


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Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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