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YABLOKO asks the President to keep the Sport television channel

Press Release
November 9, 2009

Two members of the Youth Chamber at the Moscow City Duma Ц deputy head of the Moscow branch of YABLOKO Ivan Bolshakov and member of the Regional Council Alexander Gnezdilov Ц forwarded to President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev an address with a request to interfere into the situation around closing of the Sport television channel.

The All-Russia Sate Television and Radio Corporation (VGTRK) adopted a decision to close the nation-wide Sport Channel from January 2010 replacing it by a national TV channel Russiya-2.

YABLOKOТs activists think that Уclosing of the national sport television channel does not suit the preparation to the forthcoming Olympic Games in Sochi and the World Student Games in Kazan.Ф

УClosing of the channel can condition abrupt reduction of popularity of the niche kinds of sports, they will have no possibility to get broadcasting time,Ф runs the address. УIn addition, closing of the Sport TV channel means depriving children and young people of an alternative to the street, drugs and alcohol.Ф

УOf sports has been proclaimed a national priority project in our country, then we should preserve a state sport television channel.Ф


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Media Law in Russia

Press Release
November 9, 2009