September 01, 2012

Rising Stars, Falling Stars

Winter protests and rallies have created some new stars on Russian television, while some TV veterans have been forced to look for new lines of work, in what some critics are calling a media crackdown. Others argue that it’s just business.

Sveta Kuritsina was a doe-eyed teenager when she came to Moscow from Ivanovo in December for a pro-Kremlin rally that celebrated Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party. Out of her depth, but clearly enjoying the attention, she gave a long interview to a Moscow journalist, who prodded her to make a fool of herself in a clip that went viral, earning 4 million YouTube views and endless mockery.

“We became more better dressed” (Мы стали более лучше одеваться) was just one of Kuritsina’s semi-grammatical utterances that became internet memes.

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