Leonid Parfyonov

Leonid Gennadyevich Parfyonov (Russian: Леонид Геннадьевич Парфёнов, born January 26, 1960 in Cherepovets, Vologda Oblast) is a Russian veteran journalist, news presenter, TV producer and author of many popular documentary TV shows. Parfyonov is best known for his studio work and productions for the NTV (of which he was Producer General between 1997 and 1999) until that TV channel was subdued by the government-owned Gazprom Media. From December 3, 2004 until December 20, 2007 he was an Editor-in-Chief of Russky Newsweek, Russian edition of Newsweek. Parfyonov is currently a member of Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights.

As the author and narrator of the daily culture news TV show Namedni on NTV, Parfyonov produced the line of popular history TV documentaries which he narrated and hosted on-site of almost each event portrayed. The series achieved great success and were repeatedly broadcast for years after premiere.

Leonid Parfyonov, 2010

Selected filmography as narrator and producer

  • Namedni 1961-1991: Nasha Era (1997) (Russian: "Намедни 1961-1991: Наша Эра", literally "Recently: Our Era") and 2003 sequel Namedni 1961-2003: Novaya Era (Russian: "Намедни 1961-2003: Новая Эра", literally ("Recently: New Era") are TV series recapping the History of the Soviet Union and modern Russia since 1961[1] in 42 year-part manner.
  • Rossiyskaya Imperiya (Russian: "Российская Империя", literally "Russian Empire") (2000—2003) is a similar, but larger-span project dedicated to the History of Russian Empire starting with the Peter the Great rule. The series also used animation and additional narration by famous stage actress Alla Demidova.
  • Noveyshaya Istoriya. Semnadtsat mgnoveniy 25 let spustia (Russian: Новейшая история. Семнадцать мгновений весны 25 лет спустя) (1998) and Noveyshaya Istoriya. Mesto vstrechi, 20 let spustia (Russian: Место встречи. 20 лет спустя) are commemorative documentaries on the two iconic Soviet TV series:
  • Russia in Bloom (2013) (Russian: "Цвет нации") - a documentary about Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer in color photography of early 20th-century Russia. Available for public viewing with English subtitles on Vimeo.

2010 political censorship escapade

In November 2010 Parfyonov became the first recipient of the Listyev Prize, in honour of Vladislav Listyev, a Russian TV journalist who was murdered in 1995. On the live-broadcast ceremony for the prize, Parfyonov made an unexpected and emotional speech damning Russian TV community for dependence on the authorities, saying “journalists are not journalists at all but bureaucrats, following the logic of service and submission”.[2] This became a contradiction to the past, when Parfyonov had refrained from making political statements, saying "I am a professional journalist, not a professional revolutionary. My job is to report, not to climb the barricades".[3]


  • TEFI award and also a special prize in 2004 - for the "Namedni 1961-2003"
  • 4 more TEFI awards


  1. ^ year of the Yuri Gagarin's space flight and Khruschev Thaw beginning
  2. ^ "Russian TV Host Slams Media in Award Speech". The Other Russia. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
  3. ^ Eastern Approaches (29 November 2010). "Parfyonov's magic touch". The Economist. Retrieved 1 December 2010.

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2011–2013 Russian protests

The 2011–2013 Russian protests (which some English language media referred to as the Snow Revolution) began in 2011 (as protests against the 2011 Russian legislative election results) and continued into 2012 and 2013. The protests were motivated by claims by Russian and foreign journalists, political activists and members of the public that the election process was flawed. The Central Election Commission of Russia stated that only 11.5% of official reports of fraud could be confirmed as true.On 10 December 2011, after a week of small-scale demonstrations, Russia saw some of the biggest protests in Moscow since the 1990s. The focus of the protests have been the ruling party, United Russia, and its leader Vladimir Putin, the current president, previous prime minister, and previous two-term president, who announced his intention to run again for President in 2012. Another round of large protests took place on 24 December 2011. These protests were named "For Fair Elections" (Russian: За честные выборы) and their organizers set up the movement of the same name. By this time, the "For Fair Elections" protesters had coalesced into five main points: freedom for political prisoners; annulment of the election results; the resignation of Vladimir Churov (head of the election commission) and the opening of an official investigation into vote fraud; registration of opposition parties and new democratic legislation on parties and elections, as well as new democratic and open elections.Initial protest actions, organized by the leaders of the Russian opposition parties and non-systemic opposition sparked fear in some quarters of a colour revolution in Russia, and a number of counter-protests and rallies in support of the government were held. On the first days following the election, Putin and United Russia were supported by rallies of two youth organizations, the government-organized \Nashi and United Russia's Young Guard. On 24 December Sergey Kurginyan organised the first protest against what was viewed as "orange" protesters in Moscow, though the protest also supported the slogan "For Fair Elections". On 4 February 2012, more protests and pro-government rallies were held throughout the country. The largest two events were in Moscow: the "anti-Orange protest" (alluding to the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, the most widely known color revolution to Russians), aimed against "orangism", "collapse of the country", "perestroika" and "revolution", the largest protest action of all the protests so far according to the police; and another "For Fair Elections" protest, larger than the previous ones according to the police.On 6 May 2012, protests took place in Moscow the day before Putin's inauguration as President for his third term. Some called for the inauguration to be scrapped. The protests were marred by violence between the protesters and the police. About 400 protesters were arrested, including Alexei Navalny, Boris Nemtsov and Sergei Udaltsov and 80 were injured. On the day of the inauguration, 7 May, at least 120 protesters were arrested in Moscow.In June 2012, laws were enacted which set strict boundaries on protests and imposed heavy penalties for unauthorized actions. As of January 2013, interviews by Ellen Barry of The New York Times of working class elements which had supported the protests revealed an atmosphere of intimidation, discouragement, and alienation.

Alexey Pivovarov

Alexey Pivovarov (Russian: Алексей Пивоваров) (born 12 June 1974, Moscow) is a well-known Russian TV journalist, TV producer and media manager. He is also known as a documentary maker and an author of historical movies for TV channels. He was the television host and managing editor for NTV News Division since 2005 until he left it for STS Media. From 2013 and through February 2016, he was a producer at STS Media.

Pivovarov is currently an Editor-in-Chief and general producer of RTVI (international Russian-speaking Television,based in NYC), he has been appointed in September, 2016. Pivovarov's task includes the creation of a new news team and of an image that is attractive to advertisers. "We want to see not just the TV channel RTVi, but a modern media, available in on all environments [accessed by] our audience, both on air and through mobile applications and on social media," said Pivovarov

Anton Megerdichev

Anton Evgenievich Megerdichev (Russian: Антон Евгеньевич Мегердичев, born July 22, 1969) - is a Russian director and screenwriter.

Assassination of Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev

On February 13, 2004, Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev was assassinated when a bomb ripped through his SUV in the Qatari capital, Doha. Yandarbiyev was seriously wounded and died in hospital. Two of his bodyguards were killed as well, and his 12-year-old son Daud was seriously injured.

It was initially unclear who was responsible for the blast, but suspicion fell on SVR or GRU, denying any involvement, or internal feuding among the Chechen rebel leadership. Aslan Maskhadov's separatist Foreign Ministry condemned the assassination as a "Russian terrorist attack", comparing it to the 1996 attack that killed Dzhokhar Dudayev. The car bomb led to Qatar's first anti-terrorism law, declaring lethal terrorist acts punishable by death or life imprisonment.

Boris Godunov (2011 film)

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Cherepovets (Russian: Череповец, IPA: [tɕɪrʲɪpɐˈvʲɛts]) is a city in Vologda Oblast, Russia, located in the west of the oblast on the banks of the Sheksna River (a tributary of the Volga River) and on the shores of the Rybinsk Reservoir. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 312,310, making it the most populous city in the oblast.


Dozhd (Russian: Дождь, IPA: [ˈdoʂtʲ] (listen), lit. Rain), also known as TV Rain, is a Russian independent television channel. It is owned by journalist Natalya Sindeyeva. Dozhd focuses on news, discussions, culture, politics, business reports, and documentaries. The channel's motto is "talk about important things with those who are important to us". Most Dozhd shows are live broadcasts.

Edward Opp

Edward Oppenheimer (born June 4, 1957, Wichita Falls, Texas) is an award-winning photojournalist based in Moscow, Russia. He currently works as Director of Photography for the Russian media group Kommersant in Moscow.

Generation P (film)

Generation P (Russian: Generation "П") is an award-winning independent Russian film, written and directed by Victor Ginzburg and based on Victor Pelevin’s iconic 1999 novel of the same name.

Kto khochet stat' millionerom?

Кто хочет стать миллионером? (English translation: Who wants to become a millionaire?, transliteration: Kto khochet stat' millionerom?) is a Russian game show based on the original British format of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. The show is hosted by Dmitry Dibrov (earlier by Maxim Galkin). The main goal of the game is to win 3 million Russian roubles (originally 1 million Russian roubles) by answering 15 multiple-choice questions correctly. There are four lifelines - Fifty Fifty (50 на 50, 50 na 50), Phone A Friend (звонок другу, zvonok drugu), Ask The Audience (помощь зала, pomoshch zala) and Double Dip (право на ошибку, pravo na oshibku). For some time there also was a fifth lifeline, Three Wise Men (три мудреца, tri mudretsa, help from free «wise» people). Кто хочет стать миллионером? is broadcast from February 19, 2001 to today. It is shown by on the Russian TV station Channel One on Saturdays at 6:45 PM. After getting the fifth question correct, a contestant will leave with at least 5,000 RUB. After getting the tenth question correct, he will leave with at least 100,000 RUB. An earlier version of the show was called O, schastlivchik!.

Minuta slavy

Minute of Fame (Russian: Минута славы, tr. Minuta slavy, IPA: [mʲɪˈnutə ˈslavɨ]) is a Russian television talent show competition originating from the Got Talent series and which started in February 2007 on 1TV.

For the first two seasons it was hosted by Garik Martirosyan, replaced in the 3rd season by Alexander Tsekalo, then in the 4th season the hosts were Alexander Oleshko and Ville Haapasalo, and in the 5th and 6th seasons Julia Kovalchuk took over from Haapasalo.

NTV (Russia)

NTV (Cyrillic: НТВ) is a Russian free-to-air television channel that was launched as a subsidiary of Vladimir Gusinsky's company Media-Most. Since 14 April 2001 Gazprom Media controls the network. NTV has no official meaning according to Igor Malashenko, the author of the name and co-founder of the company, but in the 1990s unofficial transcripts of the acronym include "New" (Novoye), "Independent" (Nezavisimoye), "Non-governmental" (Negosudarstvenoye), "Our" (Nashe).


Parfenov is a Slavic surname. Some famous people with the name include:

Dmytro Parfenov

Dmitri Parfyonov

Anatoly Parfyonov

Nikolai Parfionov

Leonid Parfyonov, Russian television journalist

Zoya Parfenova, avaitorOther things:

Parfyonov-Pozner, Dozhd channel TV program

Parfyonov, Dozhd channel TV program

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Pavel Lobkov

Pavel Albertovich Lobkov (Russian: Па́вел Альбе́ртович Лобко́в; born September 21, 1967, Sestroretsk) is a Russian journalist, one of the main leading and reviewers of the television channel Dozhd (since 2012). Previously, he was the host of the program Progress with Pavel Lobkov on the Petersburg – Channel 5 (2007-2008), the NTV television broadcaster (1993-2006, 2008-2011) and the program correspondent Itogi (1993-2001).


Preved (Russian: Преве́д) is a term used in the Padonkaffsky jargon, a meme in the Russian-speaking Internet which developed out of a heavily circulated picture, and consists of choosing alternative spellings for words for comic effect. The picture, a modified version of John Lurie's watercolor Bear Surprise, whose popularity was stoked by emails and blogs, features a man and a woman having sex in the clearing of a forest, being surprised by a bear calling "Surprise!" with its paws raised. In later Russian adaptations, the bear shouts "Preved!" (a deliberate misspelling of privet, приве́т – "hi!"). In keeping with a popular trend of image manipulation, the iconic bear — dubbed Медвед (Medved), a misspelling of медведь ("bear") — has been inserted into many other pictures where his appearance adds a new dimension to the joke.

The word and the bear image have found their way into the mainstream mass media, such as a poster for the Russian edition of Newsweek. On July 6, 2006 there was an online conference of Vladimir Putin prior to which the question "PREVED, Vladimir Vladimirovich! How do you regard MEDVED?" became the most popular, with 28,424 votes. No answer was given, but the Associated Press, informing on the questions collection process, reportedly interpreted it as a reference to then-vice-prime-minister Dmitry Medvedev. (The third most popular question was "How does one patch KDE2 under FreeBSD?".)

Eventually, it has become known that the author of the altered picture with the word "preved" was user Lobzz from site Dirty.ru, real name Roman Yatsenko. The authorship of the word itself is still unclear, although the "unfinished" version, "prevet" was traced to 2003.Preved is identified by a specific pattern of alternative spelling which emerged from the word. In this pattern, voiceless consonants are replaced with their voiced counterparts, and unstressed vowels are interchanged pair-wise – a and o stand in for each other, as do e and i. The words уча́снег (uchasneg) (a misspelling of участник (uchastnik), "user" or "participant"), preved itself, and кагдила (kagdila) (a misspelling of как дела (kak dela), "how are you") illustrate this pattern.

The larger trend of alternative spellings, called "olbansky yazyk" ("Olbanian language", misspelled "Albanian") developed from the padonki movement which originated on sites such as udaff.com. That trend uses the opposite conversion from the Preved trend – voiced consonants are replaced with their voiceless counterparts (which are sometimes doubled). For vowels, o is replaced with a and e with i. For example, áвтор (ávtor, "author") would be spelled áффтар (áfftar) or áфтар (áftar). The latter exhibits a sort of eye dialect.

Russky Newsweek

Russky Newsweek or Newsweek Russia was a Russian language news magazine published in Russia between 2004 and 2010 as the Russian edition of Newsweek. It was the first news magazine with a Western origin published in the country.

The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed

The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (Russian: Место встречи изменить нельзя, translit. Mesto vstrechi izmenit nelzya) is a 1979 Soviet five-part television miniseries directed by Stanislav Govorukhin. The series achieved the status of a cult film in the USSR, and along with Seventeen Moments of Spring became a part of popular culture with several generations of Russian-speaking TV viewers. The series stars singer-songwriter Vladimir Vysotsky in one of his final screen appearances (his death at the age of 42 came less than a year after the film's release). Soviet screen and stage legends Sergey Yursky, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Zinovy Gerdt, Yevgeniy Yevstigneyev, and Leonid Kuravlev also appear in the film.

The film was released in the West as The Age of Mercy, after the title of the novel by the Vayner Brothers (Arkady and Georgy Vayner), on which the film is based.

Vladimir K. Zworykin

Vladimir Kosmich Zworykin (Russian: Влади́мир Козьми́ч Зворы́кин, Vladimir Koz'mich Zvorykin; July 29 [O.S. July 17] 1888 – July 29, 1982) was a Russian-born American inventor, engineer, and pioneer of television technology. Educated in Russia and in France, he spent most of his life in the United States. Zworykin invented a television transmitting and receiving system employing cathode ray tubes. He played a role in the practical development of television from the early thirties, including charge storage-type tubes, infrared image tubes and the electron microscope.

Yury Dud

Yury Aleksandrovich Dud (Russian: Ю́рий Алекса́ндрович Дудь; born 11 October 1986) is a Russian sports journalist, who also runs an unrelated YouTube channel vDud where he interviews famous figures from CIS region.

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