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Unpacking TV Coverage Of Moscow Protests: Pro-Putin Slant With A Shot Of Glasnost

In Moscow, thousands braved the cold Saturday in marches both for and against Vladimir Putin. Russia’s state-run TV channels made a point of downplaying the latter. Still, there are real signs of change in how the channels cover Russia's growing

Sergey Kurginyan's fiery pro-Putin speech got good air time (youtube)
Sergey Kurginyan's fiery pro-Putin speech got good air time (youtube)
Arina Borodina

MOSCOW -- After all the anti-government marches and meetings over the past two months, it would have been impossible for Russia's state TV channels to try to hush up this past weekend's protests in the capital. But while the main news channels were sure to cover the marches, there was inevitably extra air time for the counter-protest march in favor of Vladimir Putin.

Starting at about 1 p.m., NTV offered live coverage from the pro-Putin march on Poklonnaya Hill, where Victory Park is situated. The park commemorates the Red Army's World War II effort. Political scientist Sergey Kurginyan, who addressed the gathering, told NTV how there was "stability with Putin, a strong Russia." He called Putin the "people's president." The NTV reporter signed off by saying: "we have heard how change has begun." The presenter in the studio could barely suppress a smile.

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Welcome to Friday, where Russia intensifies shelling in eastern Ukraine, Biden lands in South Korea, and a Mercedes becomes the most expensive car ever sold. Meanwhile, for German daily die Welt, Cosima Lutz explores the sizzling question of the skyrocketing price of cooking oils.

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