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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Jan 24, 2013
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      NTV Documentary Alleges Campaign Against Church

      By Jonathan Earle

      The St. Petersburg Times

      Published: January 23, 2013 (Issue # 1743)

      MOSCOW — State-controlled NTV television Sunday aired its latest
      documentary-style film targeting prominent opposition figures, this time
      for allegedly being part of an organized information campaign to
      discredit the Russian Orthodox Church.

      The film, “I Don’t Believe It,” accuses popular blogger Rustam Adagamov
      — a member of the opposition Coordination Council — TV hosts Leonid
      Parfyonov and Vladimir Pozner, and others of links to an anti-clerical
      campaign partly run out of Ukraine.

      Ukrainian feminist group Femen, known for staging topless protests, and
      the punk band Pussy Riot are portrayed as among the most infamous
      manifestations of the campaign.

      Other participants in the effort, primarily bloggers and journalists,
      receive payouts in exchange for negative coverage of the church, the
      program alleges, and others come across as repulsive people.

      Adagamov, for example, is said to be willing to accept 150,000 rubles
      ($5,000) for a blog post, and the show repeats allegations recently made
      by his ex-wife that he is a pedophile.

      The blogger responded by saying that he was proud to be grouped with
      Pozner and controversial curator Marat Gelman, and criticized NTV for
      failing to mention his pro-Church activities.

      “Where’s the part about how I used my blog to help Father Vladislav from
      Belgorod, who had adopted an orphan, raise money for a new house?”
      Adagamov wrote on his Facebook page, adding that the film was a “piece
      of crap.”

      Parfyonov, a former host on NTV, directed his anger at filmmaker Boris
      Korchenikov, a journalist and actor best known for his role in “Kadety,”
      a television drama about military cadets.

      “What is this shoddy, pompous heap of nonsense? Do you think Orthodox
      patriotism atones for the sin of wretched journalism?” Parfyonov wrote
      on his Live Journal blog.

      Church spokesman Vsevolod Chaplin defended the film, saying it
      accurately reflected the general public’s mood, not including certain
      urban “cliques,” RIA-Novosti reported.