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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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Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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