Gromov forbids to show footage of murder of Kerch College students
The deputy head of the Presidential Administration weekly distributes stop-lists to TV channels.
Informational agenda of the Pervy Kanal, All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK), NTV, TVC, REN TV and Pyaty Kanal is manage from the office on Moscow’s Old Square, where, allegedly, deputy head of the Presidential Administration Alexey Gromov every week indicates to the TV channels’ managers what to pay attention to and what should be ignored, online publication Proekt reported. According to the journalists, it was Gromov who forbade showing the footage of Vladislav Roslyakov killing students at the Polytechnic College in Kerch.
The former employees of the channels told about the relevant information meetings. According to them, chiefs of the channels can be represented by their deputies and editors-in-chief. Allegedly, famous news host Kirill Kleimenov often represents the Pervy Kanal, and editor-in-chief of Russia-24 Yevgeny Bekasov was there on behalf of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK). At such meetings, Gromov allegedly manages not only the agenda of Russia’s main TV channels, but also the press services of the president, government and the parliament.
According to the interlocutors of the publication, there is a concept of “control regions,”parts of the Russian Federation, where important events take place: elections, World Cup 2018, etc. Usually in such regions it is forbidden to broadcast negative news. Once a quarter, according to the Proekt, Gromov “consults” the press services of law enforcement bodies.
“His main asset is that he, like anyone, knows at what point and in what form to give the president bad information on someone,” an entrepreneur close to the Kremlin said.
For this reason, even the Russian billionaires who own the media outlets allegedly fear Gromov. In particular, the publication calls the owner of Kommersant, Alisher Usmanov, its editor-in-chief Vladimir Zhelonkin, director of Komsomolskaya Pravda Vladimir Sungorkin, and RBC’s director for development Alexey Abakumov Gromov’s people.