Friday, January 31, 2014

Valour and the Horror, Russian version

During the Second World War the Soviet Union's hold on besieged Leningrad cost some 900,000 lives, mostly civilians who starved or froze to death.  But a Russian TV host who proposed a discussion of whether it might have been as wise to surrender Leningrad is now facing boycotts, dismissal and possible criminal charges.
The St. Petersburg prosecutor’s office, which called the question “blasphemous,” said it “is carrying out an inquiry concerning possible violations — whether or not the TV channel overstepped the border of what is acceptable."
The siege by the German army began in September 1941 and was raised on January 27, 1944, seventy years ago this week.
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