On December 1, during the evening broadcast of the Russian opposition TV channel "Dozhd", which broadcasts from abroad, the host
called on the viewers to write about violations during the mobilization and war crimes, and on behalf of the TV channel he said:
"We hope that we were able to help many military personnel, including, for example, with equipment and basic amenities at the front."
The next day, on December 2, the editor-in-chief of the TV channel
published in his Telegram channel a refutation of the words of Aleksey Korastyalev, noting that "Dozhd" "did not deal, does not deal and will not deal with helping the Russian army with equipment."
"Since the phrase that was heard on the air is misleading to our viewers, we have taken the decision to immediately remove it from the replays and from the recording of the air.
We apologize to our viewers," Tikhan Dziadko wrote.
At the same time, this incident did not go unnoticed among Internet users and caused outrage among the Ukrainian audience.
Despite the fact that the evening broadcast was removed from the official Dozhdya YouTube channel, an excerpt of the scandalous statement was published by the largest Ukrainian Telegram channels and mass media.
Soon it became known that the Latvian Electronic Media Council criticized the statement of the presenter Aleksei Korastialev, and a couple of hours later it fined Dozhd 10,000 euros due to the fact that the TV channel showed a map of Russia, which includes the annexed Crimea.
Another claim is to call the Russian army "ours".
As the chairman of the council ,
, said, for three violations, the permission to broadcast "Dozhdyu" can be revoked.
The editorial staff of the TV channel did not comment on the decision of the Latvian National Council for Electronic Media.
However, after some time, at the beginning of the daily news broadcast, the head of the "Dozhdya" information service,
apologized for Korascielev's statements and announced the decision of the editorial office to fire him.
TV channel "Rain" was blocked in Russia after the beginning of the military invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.
The TV channel stopped broadcasting for some time, but resumed it from Latvia in July.
"Rain" also has studios in Georgia, the Netherlands and France.