‘No to war”: Last words of Russian TV staff before independent TV channel shuts operations amidst Putin’s military invasion of Ukraine

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The last remaining independent TV channel in Russia has shut operations after it came under pressure from the Putin administration over the coverage of the Ukraine invasion. TV Rain said that it had shut operations indefinitely as the entire staff resigned on LIVE TV. Natalia Sindeyeva, one of the founders of the TV channel, said before staff walked out of the studio.

Ukraine News shared the dramatic video of TV Rain staff leaving the studio before the channel’s closure. It tweeted, “The Entire staff of the Russian TV channel “the rain” resigned during a live stream with last words: “no war” and then played “swan lake” ballet video (just like they did on all USSR tv channels when it suddenly collapsed) .”

According to the BBC, Russia’s telecommunications regulator had blocked TV Rain earlier this week as it accused the broadcaster of ‘inciting extremism, abusing Russian citizens, causing mass disruption of public calm and safety, and encouraging protests.’



The channel then began to play Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, which was infamously used in Soviet-era radio and television broadcasts during the 1980s to mark the death of leaders, and later in a 1991 coup that would contribute to the end of the Soviet Union.

According to reports, Russian forces had planned to storm the office of TV Rain.



TV stations those days had broadcast Swan Lake for three days after they were stopped from reporting the news.