TV News in Russia – October, 2016

How the News is Reported in Russia
October, 2016

SSI-bannerAccording 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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Turkish Sensation: NATO Member Might Purchase Russian Anti-Missile System

Russia Channel reports that during his visit to Turkey, President Putin made several important statements, in particular, he expressed support to the OPEC initiative on restricting oil production in order to stabilize oil prices. At the meeting with Turkish President Erdogan, Putin reiterated the aspiration for “complete normalizing of the relationship” after the chilly period that had followed Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane. Putin also watched the Turkish Stream agreement, which will result in a new gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey, being signed. This might result in the older pipeline through Ukraine being abandoned.

According to Russia Channel, Putin and Erdogan also discussed “the possibility of cooperation in military and technical areas,” in particular, “various anti-missile systems were discussed.” The channel quotes the press secretary of President Putin, Dmitry Peskov as saying it’s a “sensation” that a NATO member is considering purchasing missiles from a non-NATO country.

Sarmat is a Missile to Restore Balance

Russia Channel states that because the USA unilaterally withdrew from the Anti-Missile Defense Treaty, Russia has only one option – to create weapons that will maintain a balance with the USA. One such new weapon is the strategic Sarmat missile (Satana-2 by NATO classification) which is able to deliver a 10-ton warhead to any part of the world at the huge speed of seven kilometers per second. The information about this new missile is published on the website of the center developing the missile, as Russia has to notify the US about new developments of missiles, Russia Channel reports.

Victims of Political Repressions Memorialized in Moscow

Russia Channel reports that in Moscow on October 30, recognized in Russia officially as the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Political Repressions, people came to Solovetsky Stone memorial on Lubynaka Square to commemorate the victims of Soviet purges. This has been the tenth such event marked by laying flowers and candles at the stone and a public reading of the names of all those killed in the purges.

Personal “Grey Incomes” to be Scrutinized

Russia Channel states that almost one third of Russian citizens don’t have official jobs, but they use the services of the state – their children attend schools, their families use the health care system, drawing money away from taxpayers.

Some unemployed are village residents who have cattle and poultry. Others provide services earning under-the-table income by doing things like tutoring or repairing cars and household devices. The government is considering ways of bringing these Russian citizens into the tax system.

Bridge to Crimea is being Constructed ahead of Schedule

Russia Channel reports that “the main construction site of the country” – the Kerch Bridge, is being constructed ahead of schedule. The section for vehicles of the 19-kilometer long bridge is to be opened by the end of 2018. In addition, a new highway will be constructed in Crimea, connecting the bridge to many areas of the region.

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.