"Dozhd" fires the host who spoke about the TV channel helping Russian soldiers
The Russian TV channel "Dozhd" fired "Here and Now" program host Alexei Korostelev, who spoke about the channel helping the Russian soldiers.
This was reported by his colleague, TV host Ekaterina Kotrikadze.
"'Dozhd' was not involved, is not involved, and will never be involved in such things. We know how dubious the words of our colleague might have sounded for you, our viewers. Especially for those of you who have experienced the horrors of this war. Especially for Ukrainians. We have stated this repeatedly, and I will say it again: we oppose Russia's war in Ukraine. We consider it to be criminal and vile, and the mobilization to be criminal and senseless," said Kotrikadze.
She said that the TV channel will stop working with Korostelov starting today.
"This is a difficult decision for us, but the 'Dozhd' management believes it to be the only correct and possible one," the host added.
As IMI reported, on December 1, host of the "Here and Now" program (TV channel "Dozhd"), Alexei Korostelev, said:
"If you have evidence or witnesses that could testify to how the mobilization is being carried out, the conscripts serving in the combat areas and being sent to the front line, and you want to share it, to speak about the issues within the Russian army, send a letter to email@example.com or text our Telegram bot. We answer almost everyone and many of the stories that are being sent to our email and to the Telegram bot end up published. We hope we were able to help a lot of soldiers. With equipment and basic necessities on the front line, for example. Because the stories that the relatives are posting and telling, frankly, are terrifying."
After the excerpt went viral online, the TV channel's editor-in-chief Tikhon Dziadko said that it had been removed from the broadcast.
"This phrase implies that 'Dozhd' is providing assistance to the Russian army. In this regard, it is important to note the following: 'Dozhd' did not, does not, and will not engage in aiding the Russian army with equipment, on the front line or elsewhere. The firstname.lastname@example.org mailbox was created to collect personal testimonies about the Russian army's crimes in Ukraine and the violations committed in the course of the criminal and senseless mobilization in the Russian Federation.
"It is necessary to spread the word about this, so that the general public realizes the criminal nature of the Russian leadership's actions since February 24, 2022. All Russian citizens, including the military personnel and the conscripts, should know the truth about the criminal and despicable war," Dziadko wrote.
It should be noted that "Dozhd" is a Russian TV channel that calls itself a Latvia-based independent international Russian-language broadcaster. In Russia, it has been officially included in the "foreign agents" list.
The National Electronic Media Council of Latvia fined the Russian TV channel "Dozhd" 10,000 euros for displaying a map which shows the occupied Crimea as part of Russia and calling the Russian army "our army".
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