Russia


Veon sells Russian operation to management

Netherlands-based holding company Veon has sold its Russian operation VimpelCom, which operates under the Beeline brand, to its management. The company said that following a competitive process, it had entered into an agreement to sell its Russian operations to certain senior members of the management team led by current CEO Aleksander Torbakhov. The management buy-out […]

Pressure builds on Eutelsat over carriage of Russian services

Pressure is building on Paris-based satellite operator Eutelsat from multiple directions over its continued carriage of Russian TV services while the war in Ukraine rages on. Freedom of the press advocacy group Reporters Sans Frontières has called on France’s Conseil d’État to overturn a decision by media regulator Arcom not to intervene to stop Eutelsat […]

Veon to sell Russia’s Beeline

Dutch-based telecom holding company Veon has said that it is conducting a competitive sales process in relation to its Russian operations. Veon operates the VimpelCom Beeline-branded multiplay operator in Russia. “Veon’s management is currently exploring options in an effort to ensure that an optimal outcome is achieved for all relevant stakeholders, including Veon, its Russian […]

Russia to introduce restrictions on pay TV content

Deputies from Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party in the Russian Duma have introduced a draft law proposing to impose the same age-appropriate content restrictions on pay TV channels that already apply to free-to-view over-the-air TV, according to local reports. Characterised as designed to protect minors, the new rules would see pay TV services forbidden from […]

US imposes sanctions on National Media Group chair Kabaeva

The US, along with the EU and UK, has imposed sanctions on the chair of Russia’s National Media Group (NMG), Alina Kabaeva. Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast, is widely believed to be in a long-term relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin, although the latter has denied they are romantically involved. She was previously a member […]

Parrot Analytics: US streamer originals still most in-demand in Russia

Original drama series from Netflix and other global streamers continue to be in demand in Russia despite not being available legally in the country, according to data from Parrot Analytics. Global hit Stranger Things topped the list of most ‘in demand’ shows for the week commencing July 3. The show was over 66 times more […]

English Premier League officially suspends Russian broadcast deal

The English Premier League has confirmed that it will not honour its upcoming rights deal in Russia with Gazprom Media-owned Match TV. The £43 million deal with Match TV – a channel personally opened by decree by Russian leader Vladmir Putin in 2019 – was set to start from the kick-off of the 2022-23 season […]

Netflix co-CEO added to Russian blacklist

Netflix Co-CEO Reed Hastings has been named on Russia’s blacklist. Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday that it had added 61 US citizens to its list of people who are “banned indefinitely from entering the Russian Federation,” with Hastings being the highest-profile figure on the list.  Other noteworthy figures on the list includes […]

English Premier League mulls future of Russian broadcast deal

The English Premier League is yet to decide whether to back out of its upcoming rights deal in Russia. In March, the EPL officially abandoned its €7 million per season deal with Rambler Media following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Rambler, which is operated by state-owned bank Sberbank, had a deal in place to broadcast […]

Russia kicks CBC out of Moscow

Russia is forcing the Moscow bureau of Canadian national broadcaster CBC to close, the country’s foreign ministry has announced. The Russian government will also withdraw the visas and accreditation of CBC’s journalists. The move comes after the Canadian government in Ottowa banned Kremlin-backed RT from the airwaves in the North American country in March. At […]

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