Most Russians live in an information universe that is highly distinctive: Russia's state television channels exert a tremendous power over citizens' minds – and most Russians seem to like this. The TV channels would never have had their position unless the Russians wanted it themselves.
Many years have passed since we only had access to three or four TV channels. Today we have hundreds – if not thousands – of alternatives, but still choose the well-established way of acquiring knowledge about the world. This is the inevitable conclusion to be drawn from recent polls, conducted by the independent pollster Levada: 72 percent of those polled say that Channel 1 (the heir to the Soviet state channel) is their main source of news. Admittedly, television enjoys less and less trust as the years go by, but is still the most important source of information. . .
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