TV News in Russia – August, 2016

How the News is Reported in Russia
August, 2016

Policy and Conflict Post SovietAccording to a 2016 poll by the independent Levada Center, 80% of Russians view television as their primary source of news. The same Levada poll, however, shows that only 41% trust the news as an objective source of information. The broadcasts sampled here are from Russia’s most-watched channels: First Channel and Russia Channel.

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Domestic Know-How to Skyrocket Rostec to Top Ten Major Global Companie

First Channel quotes CEO of Rostec Corporation Sergey Chemezov as saying that Rostec can become one of the top ten major global companies by 2025 after implementing its current projects. Among them – a high resolution laser 3-D microscope, new Russian mobile phones, and new military and civil helicopters and aircraft engines. In two years, Rostec intends to launch a medium-range passenger aircraft to compete with foreign counterparts – the Airbus-320 and Boeing-737. Another project is manufacturing new types of Russian cars: the Lada Vesta and Lada Xray which, according to Chemezov, are very popular in the market. In 2015, Rostec adopted a new development strategy focusing on high-tech product manufacturing and steady growth (17 percent per year).

Russia’s Joining WTO Was Discussed at Forum

First Channel quotes Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as saying at The Smisly Territory Forum of young scholars, businessmen and teachers of economics that any model of Russia’s economic development should assume low oil prices and continued sanctions. Answering the question about benefits and problems Russia obtained after joining the World Trade Organization, the Prime Minister stated that Russia had been able to reach more preferential conditions for WTO membership than its neighbors, which resulted in better standing of the domestic agriculture sector.

Crimea and Krasnodar Region Have Record High Rate of Tourists This Year

First Channel reports that the influx of tourists to Crimea is so high that the Sochi hotels have been fully booked until October. This season, Crimea had seven million tourists, just slightly fewer than it was in the Soviet era. Travelling abroad for holidays decreased after the growth of the dollar and Euro exchange rate to ruble and tougher visa restrictions, while some Russians still travel to Greece (Russia’s current most popular holiday spot), Cyprus, and Spain. In addition to the growing popularity of the Russian South, more and more Russians travel for tourism to other Russian cities – St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan, Vologda and Irkutsk (for visiting Baikal Lake).

Party Lists Authorized for Duma Elections

First Channel reports that the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation has approved the list of political parties to run for parliamentary elections. The list of parties, numbered from 1 to 14, respectively, is as follows: Rodina, Communists of Russia, Russian Party of Pensioners for Justice, United Russia, Green Party, Civil Platform, LDPR, Parnas, Party of Growth, Civil Force, Yabloko, Communist Party, Patriots of Russia, Just Russia. Russia Channel states that the competition will be tough, while the voters became much more demanding, “willing to get answers to specific question from the candidates.

President Putin Discussed “Monotowns” and Subsidies for Far East

First Channel quotes the Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East Alexander Galushka as saying at the government meeting headed by President Putin that the population outflow from the Russian Far East has decreased four-fold from the beginning of 2016, the best showing in 20 years. The recent law on allocating one hectare of land to the Far East residents greatly contributed to this demographic improvement. Currently, the government plans to increase subsidies to the airlines bound for the Far East. In addition, the possibility of giving special status to “monotowns” – towns dependent on a single factory or company – to boost their economic development, was discussed.

All Russian Pensioners to Receive One Time Payment of 5,000 Rubles

First Channel reports that all 43 million of Russian pensioners will receive a one-time payment of 5,000 rubles in January 2017. In addition, in 2017 the pension will adjusted according to the inflation rate, in February and in April. First Channel quotes the Prime Minister as saying that the government is well aware that the price have grown much in 2015, and cost of living has gone up, which has especially affected people of the older generation living on pensions. Currently, the government does not have sufficient resources to adjust pension exactly to the inflation level, but such adjustment will be conducted in 2017.

Zhirinovsky Checked on Pet Market While Zyuganov Spoke to Children in Sanatorium

Russia Channel reports that the campaign for Duma election reached the critical stage, with candidates starting TV debates and tours around Russia to meet the voters. The leader of LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky campaigned for his party in many places in Moscow, such as a school supply store and a pet market, while the Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov met with children undergoing a sanatorium rehabilitation program sponsored by the Communist party. Meanwhile, ruling party United Russia is planting gardens in many regions and holding the Global Forum of Compatriots to bring together Russians living in 93 countries across the globe.

Zhirinovsky Took Interest in Nitrates while Mironov – in Cartoons

Russia Channel reports that LDPR party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky visited a farmers’ market in Oryol where he checked the products for nitrate content. Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov also visited the city of Oryol where he was awarded with the title of distinguished professor of the local university. United Russia party leaders focused on education and food safety, speaking to the Minister of Education about school issues and inspecting food stores for the food quality and prices.

About the Author

Andrei Nesterov
Andrei Nesterov has reported on political and social issues for the Russian press as well as American outlets such as Russian Life,, and Triangle Free Press. He has travelled Russia extensively and penned many stories on the "real Russia" which lies beyond the capital and major cities. Andrei graduated from Ural State University (journalism) and Irkutsk State Linguistic University (English). He studied public policy and journalism at Duke University on a Muskie Fellowship and went on to study TESOL and teach Russian at West Virginia University. He is currently working on an MA from St. Petersburg State in International Relations. Andrei contributes news, feature stories, and language resources to the SRAS site, and is an overall linguistics and research resource. He additionally helps coordinate activities for our students in Moscow.