Russia Opposition to Advertisers
In this Sunday, March 18, 2012 photo, police officers detain a protester outside the Kremlin-loyal NTV television station in Moscow. Russian opposition and human rights groups on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, urged Western consumer products giants to stop "financing politically motivated persecution" by advertising on a Kremlin-friendly TV network known for its biased coverage of government critics and demonstrations against President Vladimir Putin. In the wake of unprecedented anti-Putin protests that followed last December's rigged parliament vote and Putin's return to the Kremlin in May, NTV has run dozens of news reports, talk shows and pseudo-documentaries accusing opposition leaders of plotting coups and terrorist attacks, of receiving money from Western governments, and of hiring migrant workers and neo-Nazis to participate in anti-Putin rallies. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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