In modern Russia there are around 20-30 TV channels, but the most important to any Russian middle aged person is â€œChannel 1â€ or â€œThe First Channelâ€. This channel has the most wide coverage area and is being watched regularly by the majority of the population in Russia. I think that every citizen of Russia who owns TV-set watches â€œChannel 1â€ from time to time.
So a few days ago there was a â€œFields Medalâ€ event, and Russian genius, Dr. Gregory Perelman, the bright mathematician who solved the â€œPoincare Conjectureâ€ refused his award. Itâ€™s a well known story now, being discussed a lot. What is interesting â€“ Mr. Perelman has left St. Petersburg whereÂ he lived and worked, and nobody knows where is he. And even the national media number one, â€œThe First Channelâ€ could not find him for an interview. They had to have him in the night news regarding his unclaimed Fields Medal and another 1 million dollar prize â€“ but nobody managed to find him. So they decided to take a picture of the professor from the source known for anybody now, from Internet. They dug a little and got Associated Press image that was shown on different other medias. But editors in â€œChannel 1â€ decided that the exterior of the genius is not cool, they couldnâ€™t imagine they would broadcast somebody with a brilliant mind and not wearing a tie and a suit. That are the traces of the Soviet thinking, for many years people were kept very strict and nothing changed now. Look what they have done:
Could we call this a democracy, when a roughly photoshopped image is being broadcasted to 140,000,000 citizens of the country even without any mentioning about the changes being made?
That’s really sad. But there is also a good side. This event hasnâ€™t passed unnoticed. People of the internet, I guess the most free part of the modern Russian society noticed this. Their protest is being now released in â€œChanged the cloths of Gregory Perelmanâ€ photoshop contest. How else free people of un-free country can express their irony?
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