Putin: State not interfering with federal media' editorial policy

The Russian leadership is not interfering with the editorial policies of mass media organizations, including television channels, but looks sadly at what is coming out of this, said President Vladimir Putin.

The Russian leadership is not interfering with the editorial policies of mass media organizations, including television channels, but looks sadly at what is coming out of this, said President Vladimir Putin.

"We are not interfering with the editorial policies, even of state channels. From the point of view of liberal values, this is very good, perhaps. But in the end, unfortunately, we see on television what we see," he said.

Putin said he does not agree with the opinion that everything in the country's moral climate depends on him.

"No, this is only an impression. It's easier for you and you colleagues to shake off the responsibility to someone else. Look at yourselves from outside! Think how the mass media provide information, how you influence the minds of millions of people and what programs are broadcast on the federal television channels!" Putin said.

"Are we really a country where the federal channels must only make money, think about the price of each minute of advertising and show second-rate detective TV series from morning till night, relegating all positive things that teach the viewers and offer them fundamentally-philosophical and esthetical standards of perceiving the world, exclusively to the Kultura channel? I don't think so. Note by the way, that the state agencies are watching this sidewise," Putin said in an interview with the state news agency TASS in Vladivostok on November 13.

Putin also said that the situation where the Ukrainian crisis has become the main topic of all news programs and political talk shows this year is in no way connected with him.

"This does not at all suggest that everything is connected with me. It's an erroneous opinion and an illusion. This is not so, absolutely not so! It's an erroneous belief that everything depends on the top public figure. Indeed, there are fundamental things, but different opinions permanently run against each other," Putin said.

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