Dozhd (Дождь, meaning "Rain", also known as Dozhd - (The) Optimistic Channel) is a Russian independent television channel. It is owned by Natalya Sindeyeva.
 Dozhd focuses on news, daring experiments, live concerts, discussions, culture, politics, business reports, and documentaries. The channel's motto is "talk about important things with those who are important to us". Most of the Dozhd shows are live broadcasts.
On 26 January 2014, Dozhd ran a survey on its website and in live "Dilettants" discussing program asking viewers if Leningrad should have been surrendered to the invading Nazi army in order to save hundreds of thousands of lives (presenters cited Viktor Astafyev and compared it with 1812 Capture of empty Moscow). In 30 minutes, Dozhd removed the poll and apologized for incorrect wording. The following days Dozhd was criticized by politicians, activists, State Duma members and Valentina Matvienko for an online poll on the Leningrad siege of World War II. Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin's press secretary, also criticized the channel and said that they violated "more than a law". Yuri Pripachkin, President of the Cable Television Association of Russia (AKTR), said that he want "to take functions of censoring". In a resolution backed by St. Petersburg legislature’s deputies, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika is requested to “conduct an investigation into provocative material posted on the website of the Dozhd television channel … and take appropriate measures, including shutting down the channel.” On 29 January, the largest Russian TV providers disconnected the channel.
Programs and presenters
- Here and now (news) - Mikhail Zygar, Tikhon Dzyadko, Tatyana Arno, Dmitry Kaznin, Lika Kremer, Pavel Lobkov, Anna Mongait, Mariya Makeeva and others
- Kozyrev online - Mikail Kozyrev
- Hard Day’s Night (interviews) - Tikhon Dzyadko
- Sobchak - Kseniya Sobchak
- And so on - Mikhail Fishman, former editor-in-chef of Russian Newsweek
- Parfenov-Posner - Leonid Parfyonov and Vladimir Posner
- Gosdep - Kseniya Sobchak
- Citizen Poet - Dmitry Bykov, Mikhail Olegovich Yefremov
- Prilepin - Zakhar Prilepin
- Aliona Doletskaya
- Dilettants (with Echo of Moscow and Diletant historic journal)
- "Books" with support of the Federal Agency on Press and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation
- BBC Russian service news - twice a day
- Deutsche Welle
- Voice of America
2011 Russian protests
Dozhd was one of the first channels in Russia to openly cover the 2011 Russian protests against the alleged rigging of the parliamentary elections. By 10 December, it was showing a white ribbon, a symbol of the protests, by its on-screen logo. The station's owner, Sindeyeva, explained this as being a sign of "sincerity", rather than "propaganda", and an attempt to be "mediators" instead of simply journalists.
On 9 December 2011, Dozhd was asked to provide copies of its coverage of the protests to check if it had abided by Russian media laws. President Dmitry Medvedev was also noticed to have unfollowed Dozhd on Twitter. However, the channel was the first mass media outlet that he had chosen to follow on Twitter, according to an RIA Novosti report.
Dozhd Website  provides live broadcasting and archived programs.
Since March 2013 the channel is available in Israel as part of basic package of the Yes Israel satellite television provider.
On satellite Horizons-2, the Dozhd channel is available in HD with the following parameters:
- Position: 85 degrees east longitude
- Frequency: 12160 MHz
- Polarization: Horizontal
- Symbol rate: 28800
- Satellite standard: DVB-S2 / MPEG4
- Modulation: 8PSK
- FEC: 3/5
- SID: 601
- Analysis: Russian TV grapples with protests, BBC, retrieved 10/12/2011
- Balmforth, Tom (22 December 2011). "Internet TV Channel Challenges Kremlin's Information Monopoly". Radio Free Europe. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- Prilepskaya, Xenia (1 June 2010). "Rainy TV Channel’s Optimistic Ambition". Moscow Times. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- Medvedev unfollows Dozhd TV, Moscow News, retrieved 15/12/2011
- tvrain.ru Web site
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