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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian World TV Set to Air in Washington

WASHINGTON -- Russian World TV, partly owned by an agency of the Russian government, is beginning regular programs from Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union that will give the Washington area more than 40 hours a week of news and entertainment.

It also plans to spread to other parts of the United States.

Programs due to start Aug. 15 will be in Russian with English subtitles, on both broadcast television and on cable. There will be music, films, documentaries, sitcoms and children's programs.

Vladimir Ananich, president of Russian World TV, told a news conference Thursday that he hoped to spread its broadcasts all over the United States. He said he expects that two hours of daily programming will begin in Chicago in about three months.

Television in cities like New York, Miami and Washington already airs brief programs without subtitles, watched mostly by Russian immigrants.

Sergei Ryabkov, deputy chief of mission at the Russian Embassy in Washington, said Russian World TV is independent of the government in Moscow.

Adrian Karatnycky, counselor and former president of Freedom House, a nonpartisan Washington-based group concerned with threats to democracy, said that "any news source from Russian TV is bound to reflect the views of the Russian government or at a minimum to refrain from sharp criticism of government policies."

The broadcaster's web site -- www.rusmirtv.com/eng -- lists as an owner Russian TV and Radio Networks, "a governmental agency, the owner of a network of transmitting and retransmitting facilities."