A report in the Moscow News online newspaper says that in some regions authorities are pulling election advertising for Opposition parties from media outlets for the upcoming DUMA (parliament) elections in December. Government sponsored advertising for the ruling United Russia party remains on the air, however.
The city of St. Petersburg, Kursk region and Perm region are taking the opposition off the state controlled TV airwaves as elections draw near. With only two months left to go before Russia goes to the polls to choose its State Duma the TV authorities say there is no persuading left to do.
“I am convinced that all the attempts of parties other than [ruling] United Russia to do so disrupt the comfortable mindset of young people, our main viewers,” Elena Andreyeva, general director of Perm region TV channel VETTA, told Kommersant.