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Poll Shows Russians Lose Trust In Television News

New surveys in Russia show that the number of people who trust television news had dramatically decreased in the past six years.

According to a poll from the Moscow-based Levada Center independent polling and sociological research organization, only 41 percent of those who mainly rely on TV for news actually trust it.

That is well below the 79 percent who said they trusted television news in 2009.

The Levada Center poll shows that 85 percent of respondents get most of their news about Russia and abroad from television.

The survey showed that the main consumers of television news are people with lower incomes who either cannot afford or do not use the Internet.

Russian opposition activists have accused the Kremlin of using television to promote its internal and foreign policies.

Based on reporting by Kommersant and Interfax