Is this the modern day equivalent of the Tsar giving out free bread? I'm sure Solzhenitsyn has an opinion.
Mar 8, 2007
Commenting on a deal for exclusive broadcasts between the Russian Football Union and the satellite television station NTV Plus, President Putin said on March 7 that Russian soccer fans have the right to watch games free of charge on television, news agencies reported. Putin said the deal would "rob" fans by requiring them to "spend money to buy equipment and pay fees." Putin asked First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to look into the situation.