600 Seconds
600 Seconds was an immensely popular TV news program that aired in the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
The Soviet Union , officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics , was a constitutionally socialist state that existed in Eurasia between 1922 and 1991....

 and briefly in the post-Soviet Russia
Russia or , officially known as both Russia and the Russian Federation , is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal subjects...

. It was a nightly broadcast from Leningrad TV with anchor
An anchor is a device, normally made of metal, that is used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the vessel from drifting due to wind or current. The word derives from Latin ancora, which itself comes from the Greek ἄγκυρα .Anchors can either be temporary or permanent...

 Alexander Nevzorov
Alexander Nevzorov
Alexander Glebovich Nevzorov is a former Russian and Soviet TV journalist, a film director and a former member of the Russian parliament. He is the founder of the horsemanship school, Nevzorov Haute Ecole.- Biography :...


The program of the glasnost
Glasnost was the policy of maximal publicity, openness, and transparency in the activities of all government institutions in the Soviet Union, together with freedom of information, introduced by Mikhail Gorbachev in the second half of the 1980s...

period was distinguished by its fast tempo and the display of the countdown from 600 to 0. The anchor Nevzorov used the broadcast in order to criticize corrupt Soviet officials, promote preserving the Soviet Union (in the Baltic states, he is known as a fierce opponent of the people's independence movement). Later - during early Yeltsin years - the broadcast became a mouthpiece of Russian nationalist opposition to Yeltsin's policies and was banned twice - definitely after Yeltsin' victory in his conflict with the rebel parliament. The Letter of Forty-Two
Letter of Forty-Two
The Letter of Forty-Two was an open letter signed by forty-two well-known Russian literati, aimed at Russian society, the president and government, in reaction to the events of September – October 1993...

called for it to be cancelled.
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