On July 20 in St. Petersburg (Russia), local activists of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation held a rally in front of the branch of NTV channel. They opposed the showing of "Godbatska" and "Godbatska-2" movies about the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko. According to them, these films are slandering Belarusian leader.
The rally started half an hour later than it was planned. In general, near NTV office building there gathered both party pensioners and sympathetic. Before the meeting began, they had discussed in detail the foreign and internal policy of Russia, NTV channel and gathered journalists, Rosbalt informs.
The protesters accused NTV channel of undermining Russian-Belarusian relations and demanded to establish immediately the union of the two countries, headed by Alexander Lukashenko, BelaPAN informs.
The secretary of the CPRF cell of Central District of St. Petersburg, Alexander Kondurov, stated that this meeting in support of Lukashenko was not the last. He harshly criticized NTV, naming these movies «tubs of mud slung on the president of fraternal country».
As Telegraf previously reported, on July 4, Russian NTV channel showed a film entitled «Godbatska», in which Belarusian authorities are accused of complicity in murders of several their political opponents: Gennady Karpenko, Yury Zakharenko, Viktor Gonchar, Dmitry Zavadsky and Anatoly Krasovsky in late 1990 — early 2000’s. In response, the official Minsk accused Russian TV channels in defaming the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.
On July 16, NTV channel showed the continuation of «Godbatska» TV story in a special edition of «Emergency. The investigation». «What else do you want to know about Lukashenko, but were afraid to ask?!», said the ad video clip announcing the second episode of scandalous movie.