"Rain" television channel received a broadcasting license in the Netherlands. Its editor-in-chief Tykhin Dzyadko said this in an interview with the Plushev Telegram channel, which is owned by the former journalist of the Echo of Moscow radio station Oleksandr Plushev. Dziadko refused to comment further.
Last June, Rain TV channel, which is persecuted by the Russian authorities and blocked in Russia, was licensed in Latvia, but at the beginning of December, the authorities of this country revoked the media license "in connection with the threat to national security." The reason was the words of "Rain" presenter Oleksiy Korostelev, which he said live. He called on TV viewers to send messages about possible violations during the mobilization of Russians for the war in Ukraine and at the same time said: "We hope that we were able to help many Russian servicemen with equipment and just basic amenities at the front." The next day, the presenter explained his words with a warning. The management of "Rain" apologized and announced the termination of cooperation with Korostelev. At the same time, as a sign of support for the presenter and "everyone's right to make a mistake", three of his employees left the channel.
Later, General Director of "Rain" Nataliya Syndeeva, noting that due to the Latvian authorities' decision to revoke the license, the channel loses 20% of its revenue, called the decision to fire Korostelev a mistake and called on the host, as well as those who resigned as a sign of solidarity, to return to the channel. Tykhin Dzyadko, the editor-in-chief of Rain, spoke against this. Currently, Korostelev is not on the TV channel. In addition, he is prohibited from entering Latvia.
Before the license was revoked, the Latvian authorities fined "Rain" for broadcasting a map showing annexed Crimea as part of Russia and the word "our" in reference to the Russian army, and warned that a third violation would result in more serious measures. However, after the revocation of the license, Dosh supported dozens of media outlets blocked in Russia, including Meduza, The Insider, Nova Gazeta. Evropa, Important Stories, Ot Tak, Kholod, DOXA, and Verstka. , teams of Youtube channels "Navalnyi LIVE" and "Khodorkivskyi LIVE", etc. Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, as well as the international organization "Reporters without Borders" expressed their support for "Rain".