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TV Rain: the turbulent history of Russia’s last independent media channel

Latvia has shut down TV Rain, accusing it of being a security threat.

Latvia has cancelled the licence of Russia‘s last independent media channel TV Rain only five months after it began broadcasting in exile, accusing the channel of showing support for Russia’s war in Ukraine. In response, TV Rain, or Dozhd, has called the decision “unfair and absurd”.

Emily Tamkin and Katie Stallard in Washington DC are joined by Ido Vock in Berlin to discuss TV Rain’s turbulent history and why Latvia has branded it a threat to national security, the importance of independent Russian media, and the struggle for Russian political exiles to understand their place in the conflict.

Elsewhere, the Democrat Raphael Warnock has beaten the Republican Herschel Walker in Georgia’s run-off election to retain his place in the Senate. This is the first time since 1934 that the president’s party has defended every incumbent Senate seat. The team discuss the key takeaways from Warnock’s victory, the series of scandals that have plagued Walker’s career, and if Warnock, a star on the rise, has presidential ambitions.

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Ido on why Dozhd could never have survived in Latvia.

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