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« on: August 12, 2003, 04:12:13 PM »

Russian television to start 40 hours of weekly programming in Washington D.C.

August 08, 2003 Posted: 11:55 Moscow time (07:55 GMT)  

WASHINGTON - Russian World TV, partly owned by an agency of the Russian government, is beginning regular programs from Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union that will give the Washington area more than 40 hours a week of news and entertainment.

It also plans to spread to other parts of the United States.

Programs due to start Aug. 15 will be in Russian with English subtitles, on both broadcast and on cable. There will be music, films, documentaries, situation comedies and children's programs.

Vladimir Ananich, president of Russian World TV, told a news conference on Thursday that he hoped to spread its broadcasts all over the United States. He said he expects that two hours of daily programming will begin in Chicago in about three months.

Television in some cities - notably New York, Miami and Washington - already presents brief programs without subtitles, watched mostly by immigrants from Russia.

Xenia Portnoy, an assistant to Ananich, said news programs will be assembled from different sources. Sergey A. Ryabkov, deputy chief of mission at the Russian Embassy, said Russian World TV is independent of the Russian government.

Adrian Karatnycky, counselor and former president of Freedom House, a nonpartisan Washington-based group concerned with threats to democracy, said that "any news source from Russian TV is bound to reflect the views of the Russian government or at a minimum to refrain from sharp criticism of government policies."

The Web site of Russian World TV lists one of its owners as Russian TV and Radio Networks, "a governmental agency, the owner of a network of transmitting and retransmitting facilities." Ananich said he could not give an exact figure on how much it owns of Russian World TV.

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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2003, 12:55:14 PM »

Cool. My wife will be happy to be able to watch some Russian tv.

A friend of ours gets NTV from Moscow via satellite, but it is expensive, and we're on cable. When we visit her and her husband we watch it.

My favorites are the Russian beer commercials (though they probably won't show them here). The commercials for the beer Tolstyak (literally "fat man") are the best.

There is one where Tolstyak is a circus magician. He is seated at a table outside with other circus performers (dwarves, clowns, and - I think - a bearded lady). They run out of beer, so Tolstyak covers an empty bottle with a cloth and makes a full bottle of Tolstyak beer appear. Everyone laughs and applauds. Quaffing resumes.

Later Tolstyak walks through the door of his circus wagon to find his wife, whom he had sawn in half earlier as part of his regular performance, still lying in two separate boxes: her legs on one side of the room, her torso on the other. She has been waiting for him impatiently ever since the show, wondering where he was and not knowing that he was off drinking with the gang. By this time she is more than a little put out.

The commercial ends, as it always does, with the question (this time from Tolstyak's wife), "Gde ti bil?" (Where've you been?), and Tolstyak's ever-sheepish answer, "Pivo pil." (Drinking beer).

The ending rhymes. It's very funny, but you have to see the commercial to get the full impact of it.
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