At midday, an Akado spokesman, Sergei Fyodorov, issued a statement saying that the channels had been canceled for reasons “beyond” the company’s control.
That helped stir the pot.
A little later, another spokesman said the problem was that CNN and the BBC had not obtained proper licenses. And, by the way, Bloomberg TV was taken off the air for the same reason.
Akado is a big provider, but it is not the biggest. It has about a million customers in Moscow, reaching 54 percent of pay-TV subscribers, but the standard cable provider, Mostelecom, is about three times as large, said Elena Krylova,