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MOSCOW - Russia's military has unveiled its newest weapon and it's aimed squarely at the nation's television viewers. Zvezda, or "Star" Television, a TV channel owned and run by Russia's Ministry of Defense, will start broadcasting shows Sunday designed specifically to encourage patriotism.
"The ideology of the channel is simple," station chief Sergei Savushkin told a press conference at the Defense Ministry last week. "In order to defend, one has to love.
Pitched battle against moronization...Russian TV relies heavily on Latin soap operas and Hollywood B-movies, leading many to complain about the amount of imported sex and violence on their screens.
Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov publicly criticized Russian TVs general fare, telling the cabinet late last year that "the moronization of the people must be stopped."
I want to create a warm, positive station that the Russian people will see as their own, said Savushkin. He added that all programs and commercials on Zvezda must be made in Russia.
It's not that bad, really. There is not sensorship of Russian T.V (as the article states). There is nudity on during the day and many Brazillian soap operas (that are much worse than ours). My wife is Russian and I have spent time there with her family. They are already very patriotic. From what I understand from them, this is equivalent to our History channel - and nobody has to watch it. Everybody I have talked with knows that serving their mandatory two years in the army is a horrible experience, buy many view it as an accomplishment where they become a man. It does worry me a little, however, that Russia in general is moving back towards a more government controlled society - but that is another issue.