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MOSCOW, December 3 (RIA Novosti) - A group of Russian politicians have urged national TV networks to show restraint in broadcasting material suggesting the end of the world is nigh, a deputy from Russia's LDPR party said on Monday.
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"We discussed this and sent an official letter to executives at Russia's leading TV networks," said Mikhail Degtyarev, who represents the LDPR in Russia's lower house of parliament (Duma) and is deputy chair of the Duma Science Committee. "In our compatriots' interests, we ask you to pay attention to the dissemination of pseudo-scientific information about the end of the world in your media."
Their letter warned TV stations that excessive media hype about the "end of the world" could have negative effects on some people's mental and emotional state, and also stressed that thousands of conmen, pseudo-wizards, self-styled "visionaries" and "snake-oil salesmen" are exploiting it to prey on the gullible.
The letter called for the media to run special announcements stating that talk of any upcoming apocalypse is clearly unscientific.
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