Skip to comments.Vladimir Danchev: The broadcaster who defied Moscow
Posted on 03/07/2014 6:58:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Broadcasters at a Russian television station protested this week about the country's actions in Crimea, echoing what a Soviet radio announcer did 30 years ago.
Two US-based presenters on Russia's English-language TV station Russia Today (RT) caused a stir recently by denouncing Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine.
Abby Martin told viewers of the state-owned channel that what Russia had done was "wrong". And Liz Wahl said she could not work for a broadcaster that "whitewashes the actions" of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Wahl resigned live on air.
Among seasoned Russia watchers, their exploits recalled the strange and sad story of Vladimir Danchev, the Moscow radio announcer, who in the 1980s caused consternation by calling Soviet troops in Afghanistan "occupiers"...
Kremlin propaganda usually referred to the Soviet troops as the "limited contingent" of "internationalist warriors" bringing help to the "fraternal people of Afghanistan".
The phrase "limited contingent" is also being used by Russian politicians today to describe the current military intervention in Crimea.
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Why is there an English language Russian station. I don’t get that.
That’s because they are all in THIS country...
Today’s Russia is a open society compared to the Soviet time. People can oppose Putin and they won’t be sent to Siberia. People can openly practice their religion and churches are being rebuilt. Russians can now travel abroad. It has to be admitted the dark side of Russia is massive corruption and lack of transparency. When all is taken into account though, one thing stands out: no one wants to go back to the Soviet time.
Why is there Voice of America?
I think he means do we have a Russian-language Voice Of America?
We abandoned the necessity of informing Russians of our viewpoint as soon as the Soviet Union went out of business on December 25, 1991.
The Voice of America currently broadcasts in 45 languages (TV marked with an asterisk):
English* (also Special English)
Filipino* (also Tagalog)
Yep, Russia and the Russian government are still 100% Communist, just like 30 years ago, and the US government is still stridently anti Communist, just like 30 years ago.
RT is funded by the Russian government. It's carried by satellites to over 100 countries. It's for worldwide consumption.
I recall it was in Foros the Soviet Union died. Gorbachev was on holiday in a place again in the headlines: Crimea - when Communist Party apparatchiks moved to oust him. Their failed coup didn’t save the Soviet Union; it led to its swift demise by the end of the year.
You’ve been fed too much propaganda yourself.
It’s refreshing to hear conservative views on Russian media...as opposed to leftist propaganda on VOA.
oops on my part!
you are 100% correct.
I really almost made it that time. ;’) G’night, for sure this time.
Arming them didn’t turn out so well for us.
Because even the Russians are offended by the bias of our state controlled msm.
Amharic?...turning pages in dictionary.
IIRC the leader of the opposition was placed under house arrest just as the Crimea issue started. Opposing Putin is a risky business.
It turned out spectacularly well for us. Had it not been for the Clinton regime and/or his failings, 9/11 wouldn’t have happened.
Arming mohammadens has never turned out well.
Sure. But they might "accidentally" eat highly radioactive materials from the Russian nuclear weapons program...