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Moscow vs. Regional Media: The Case of Tomsk TV-2

Kennan Institute Distinguished Speaker Series

On New Year’s Eve 2015, Tomsk’s TV-2, an award-winning, independent channel, went off air forever after the coordinated effort of several federal agencies to close the station. The TV-2 case provides valuable insight into contemporary relations in Russia between media and power, the center and the regions. Award-winning Russian journalist and TV anchor Yulia Muchnik discussed the story of TV-2 and what the demise of a regional TV station means in the Russian context.

1) Short video of a protest in support of TV-2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP92uMRXREc&feature=youtu.be

2) Short video of the channel going off air on midnight as the clock strikes midnight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDEjfS94uzc&index=36&list=PLIO_mtvG6JV0jbC8aNWYBwbZrOBQlsf_y

3) Link to the website: http://tv2.today/Tv2History

4) Short video about Eternal Regiment project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a1ZWiKbgpI

5) Link to Denis Karagodin's blog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a1ZWiKbgpI


  • Yulia Muchnik

    Award-winning Russian journalist and TV anchor
  • Sergey Parkhomenko

    Senior Advisor
    Journalist, "Echo of Moscow" Radio; Former Editor-in-Chief, Itogi, Vokrug Sveta