Digitizing Russia

Igor Shchegolev - Russian Communications Minister

1965 - Born in Vinnitsa, Ukraine
1988 - Graduates, Maurice Thorez Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages and Leipzig University
1988 - Editor, American office, TASS news agency
1992 - Senior editor, European office, ITAR-TASS news agency
1993 - Foreign correspondent, ITAR-TASS news agency, Paris
1997 - Deputy Editor-in-chief, main news service, ITAR-TASS news agency
1998 - Deputy Chief, government information directorate
1998 - Press secretary to the Russian prime minister
1998 - Chief, government information directorate
1999 - Advisor to the Russian prime minister
2000 - Head, presidential press service directorate
2002 - Head of presidential protocol
2008 - Russian communications minister

Today we will talk about television in the 21st century. The transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in Russia will be completed by 2015. The first to go digital will be the border areas in the South-East. This will be followed by the Western border regions, and finally the rest of the country. Is this the end of FREE TV for millions of ordinary viewers in Russia? To answer this question, our guest today is Igor Shchegolev - Russian Communications Minister.