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Russia’s Channel One launches war victory celebration channel

Russia’s Channel One has launched a new service celebrating the country’s victory in the second world war, one year ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.

Pobeda TV is a new free-to-air digital service that will broadcast Soviet-era films about the military and Russian films, TV series and documentaries about the war. Content includes new programmes based on archive video material, interviews with veterans, historians and experts, family memoirs and so on.

The channel will be distributed by service providers in Russia including Moscow region operator Akado, whose head of content, Pavel Karakhtintsev, said he was “delighted to offer our subscribers a new TV channel, the content of which is filled with the spirit of patriotism and love for the motherland”.

Karakhtintsev said that the launch of a channel dedicated to the Victory Day holiday would be “a gift not only for veterans, but for the younger generation, for those who are interested in the history of their country and are proud of the achievement of its people”.