Monday, October 8, 2012

JOHNSON'S RUSSIA LIST » New NTV Documentaries Likely to Cause a Stir

JOHNSON'S RUSSIA LIST » New NTV Documentaries Likely to Cause a Stir


Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Jonathan Earle – October 4,2012

State-controlled NTV television is scheduled to air two new politically themed documentaries this weekend ­ an opposition expose on Friday and a feature about the day-to-day life of President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, his 60th birthday.

The channel has a history of producing controversial documentaries about Kremlin foes ­ from former Mayor Yury Luzhkov to Pussy Riot ­ and Putin’s closely guarded personal life has long been a subject of intense interest and speculation.

“Anatomy of a Protest 2,” like its predecessor, will portray opposition leaders as foreign agents plotting revolution, judging by a trailer released on Tuesday on NTV’s website.

“Who’s taking the money, how much and for what?” an ominous voice says over footage of protest leaders Sergei Udaltsov and Alexei Navalny giving impassioned speeches.

Opposition activists denounced the first program in the series as a pro-Kremlin hatchet job. After it aired in March, about 100 protesters were detained outside NTV’s headquarters.

The channel is billing the new Putin documentary as a “never-before-seen” look at the president’s everyday life, featuring scenes shot over a week at an investment forum, his residence, and inside his car.

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