Roskomnadzor reminded the editors of Russian TV channels, radio stations and broadcasters about the ban on broadcasting entertainment programs on the Day of Remembrance and Mourning on June 22. On this day in 1941, the Great Patriotic War began. 55 years later, the first Russian President Boris Yeltsin officially approved the name of the memorable date and introduced a ban on entertainment programs. In fact, Roskomnadzor demanded that TV channels grieve: unwillingness to comply with the decree would be considered a violation.
The regulator appealed to the editorial offices and broadcasters on the afternoon of June 21. Roskomnadzor noted that entertainment programs are prohibited on television and radio on the Day of Remembrance and Mourning. These include programs, the main features of which are “a combination of humor, passion, ease, emotional comfort.”
Variety and circus performances, shows and talk shows, concerts, contests and games, humorous serials, comedy films and other media products are considered entertainment. Failure to comply with the decree is recognized as a violation of the requirements in the field of media and television and radio broadcasting and entails punishment. In 2019, Roskomnadzor noted that morning and evening shows can be broadcast live if overtly entertaining content is excluded.
The first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin signed a decree declaring June 22 as the Day of Remembrance and Mourning in 1996. The head of state explained this decision by the need to pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Great Patriotic War and other conflicts for the freedom and independence of the Fatherland. On June 22, state flags are lowered throughout the country, and entertainment programs and events are canceled in the media and cultural institutions.
According to the program schedule, on June 22 at 12:00 on several TV channels, including the First and “Russia 1”, there will be a broadcast of the flower-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin wall. After that, an all-Russian minute of silence will take place.
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