Russia 1 documents Niagara Falls(October 2011) Veteran Russian News Host and Political Commentator Andrey Kondrasov was in Niagara Falls filming a documentary on water for state-owned television station Rossiya 1.

The documentary addresses the critical connections between water and human health, the hydrological impacts of climate change, privatization and globalization, and touches upon international conflicts over water resources.

“The topic of Water focuses on its role as one of the most vital human resources. As most of the earth’s surface is covered with water, and a significant fraction of the human body is water. How we manage water resources now, will determine if we will survive tomorrow.” said producer Kirill Kisselev.

Rossiya 1 (Russian: Р РѕСЃСЃРёСЏ-1) is a state-owned Russian television channel founded in 1991. It belongs to the All-Russia State Television and Radio Company. Rossiya Channel was previously known as RTR.  Rossiya 1 has the second largest audience in Russian television.

In a typical week, it is viewed by 75% of urban Russians, compared to 83% for the leading channel, Channel One. The two channels are similar in their politics, and they compete directly in entertainment. Rossiya 1 is the successor to the Soviet Second Channel. As of 2008, Oleg Dobrodeev, who was a founder of the original NTV, heads it. Rossiya 1 has many regional variations and broadcasts in many languages.

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