Russian Cable system dumps CNN, BBC, Bloomberg

A trial balloon perhaps?

Akado Telcom, in a move that mirrored current legislation regarding Internet and  TV channels, announced on Thursday morning that they were dropping the popular CNN, BBC, and Bloomberg news channels. The move set in motion a day of speculation about censorship with viewers swamping station switchboards from all over the country.

In the evening however those channels were back on the air. Officials at Akado Telcom avoided media contact for most of the day but later tried to feed the media a story about the need for broadcast licenses for cable channels. Truth is, the cable system already has the required operational licenses. Tag on Twitter have included messages about President Vladimir Putin and one can simply write “Curtain” in place of the former iron curtain.