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When Putin Visited Depressing Siberian City, Russian TV Showed Footage of Moscow to Beautify its Report 

RUSSIA -- Russian President Vladimir Putin signs an autograph during a meeting with local residents in the Siberian city of Omsk, August 28, 2018


news program, Rossiya 1 TV channel

“The city has changed dramatically in recent years; bicycle paths have appeared, the historical center has been restored. Now there's greenery everywhere. Omsk is becoming an eco-friendly, modern city.”

Some of the footage aired was from Moscow

When Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Omsk, the second largest city in Siberia, on August 28, Vesti, the prime news show on the Rossiya-1 state television channel, which is watched by nearly 99% of Russians and a hundred million viewers abroad, ran a segment showing how Omsk is developing into a modern and eco-friendly city.

“I’ve lived here for 20 or so years, (expletive), but don’t remember that we had such picturesque landscapes. Omsk is one (expletive) ugly grey-panel sprawl,” a local man wrote on an Internet forum, according to

That was because for Putin’s visit, Rossiya-1 showed footage of Moscow while saying it was Omsk. The footage was specifically of the Russian capital’s Mitino district, located 17 kilometers northwest of the city’s center. The improvement plan for Mitino adopted by Moscow administration in 2016 cost 702 million rubles (around $12 million) in 2017 and 813 million rubles (around $13 million) in 2018.

​By comparison, Omsk was rated number four on a list of Russia’s ten “most depressing cities” compiled in 2015 by the Russian government’s Financial University. The city was renovated in recent years but the improvements have never reached beyond the downtown.