Is freedom of speech one of the cardinal principles of democracy (actually plutocracy)? Unfortunately no. In fact, privately owned press and TV have always answered successfully to the needs of the upper layers of society. Why? Whenever people live (or survive) under oppressive economic structure, papers are not allowed to tell the whole truth. They depend upon earnings from advertisements. So, they only publish what is convenient for the controlling class, never for the people. (Regarding recent Russian TV controversy). Nelson Candelaria Sгo Paulo, Brazil
After it turned out that Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov included the Fonbet betting company in the list of backbone enterprises that can count on state support, everyone started talking about these bookmakers.