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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Slams TV for Showing Cheap Foreign Programming

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday criticized state television for buying low-quality programs from abroad, saying the shows were poisoning the minds of young people.

Putin told a meeting of the presidential culture and arts council that young people had been bombarded with foreign culture over the past 15 years.

"Television doesn't always play a positive role," he said, Interfax reported. "They'll buy anything on the international market, so long as it's cheap."

He did not name any programs.

Television has been inundated with soap operas from South America, Bollywood musicals and U.S. crime dramas since shortly after the Soviet collapse. Government officials, including Putin, have repeatedly called for more homegrown programming to nurture Russian culture and patriotism.

"We must create the conditions so that the coming of age of the younger generation takes place in a wholesome atmosphere of home grown culture, so that young people are brought up with high artistic taste and standards of behavior," Putin said Wednesday.

Channel One television is to launch officially a new cable channel called Telenana on Friday. The channel, which is already on the air, will primarily carry Soviet-era children's shows.