Broadcast Blues in Russia

Fifty-nine percent of Russian TV viewers prefer news, and state control of major media ensures it's upbeat about the country's leaders

On 2 March Russians will choose their next president. Surveys show that on average more than 80 percent of Russians support the policies of the departing leader, Vladimir Putin, and 65 percent voted for his United Russia Party in the December parliamentary elections. Such statistics bode well for Putin's protégé, Dmitry Medvedev.

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