Monday, August 22, 2005

Ren-TV's owners have changed, but the channel's newscasts continue to carry content that other Russian channels seem to shun: on Sunday, we watched a re-run of their Saturday weekly news summary, in which Andrei Babitsky was interviewed about the ABC/Basaev incident.

Babitsky said he had been shocked by the intensity of the Russian authorities' reaction. He also said he thought ABC had presented the interview in a somewhat superficial manner - but that's understandable and forgivable, since most Americans know very little about Chechnya and have no idea who Basaev is.

(I cited other journalists' reactions to the interview and what followed here and here.)

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