Spas (TV channel)

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Телеканал «Спас»
Russian orthodox Television channel SPAS.png
Launched28 July 2005
Owned bySpas TV
Picture format576i 4:3
Broadcast areaBelarus,
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
Russian-wide broadcast-

Spas (Russian: Телеканал «Спас») is a federal channel in Russia which is associated with the Russian Orthodox Church. It started broadcasting in on July 28, 2005. The main owner of the channel is the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church. The founders of the TV channel are Alexander Batanov (died 2009) and Ivan Demidov.[1]


The mission of the channel is a formation of moral philosophy and a system of coordinates needed for effective development of the state, based on the old aged Orthodox values, development and strengthening of spiritual and moral foundations of the Russian state.

Its main activities are:

  • 1. Information - coverage of the Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate, and the Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus' with reflection of the Russian Orthodox Church to the events of political, economic and cultural life of Russia.
  • 2. Education - spiritual and moral education and religious education of the Russian people, especially children and youth enabling them to gain knowledge of God, Orthodoxy and Orthodox culture.
  • 3. Catechesis - promoting Russian Orthodox Church in matters of catechesis, or in other words, teaching people in the faith.

Program policy: 60% percent of the airtime is devoted as a public broadcasting channel with documentaries and educational and training programs. 40% of the airtime is devoted to Orthodox subjects. A significant amount of programs are produced in their own studio named Poliformatnoy, including Live Shows. This constitutes the basis of either the studio's own production and spiritual orientation for the 18 + audience, as well as documentaries.


As a result of the competition held in Roskomnadzor on September 25, 2013, it has the right to broadcast as part of the second digital television multiplex in Russia.

Digital terrestrial TV[edit]

On October 23, 2013 at 15:00 Moscow Time, Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRS, the national transmittion network) began broadcasting the channel in digital television in the second multiplex RTRS-2 in the standard DVB-T2. The first digital broadcast "Saviour" was published as a cultural and educational program for children and youth.


The channel is part of the interactive IPTV Rostelecom.

Cable TV[edit]

The channel broadcasts on multiple cable television operators in Russia and CIS.

Satellite broadcasting[edit]

Broadcasting is carried by the satellite Yamal200 number 1 90°E. The signal covers almost the entire territory of the Russian Federation, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Baltic States, Eastern Europe, a number of Western European countries, as well as Central and South-East Asia.

Broadcasting is also performed with the platforms NTV Plus (in the "West Light" package) and Tricolor TV (in the "Super-Optimum" package) via satellite Eutelsat W4,36°E.


  • Den Patriarha (English: Patriarch Day; transl. День Патриарха) — information program (coverage of the activities of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus') (from 2018)
  • Do Samoj Suti (English: To the Core; transl. До самой сути) — social and political talk show with Elena Zhosul (from 2018)
  • Dve sestri (English: Two Sisters; transl. Две сестры) (from 2018)
  • I Budut Dvoe (English: And They Become One Flesh transl. И будут двое) (from 2018)
  • Ja Ochen Hochu Zhit (English: I really want to live; transl. Я очень хочу жить) with Darya Dontsova (from 2018)
  • Ja Hochu Rebenka (English: I want a baby; transl. Я хочу ребёнка) (from 2018)
  • Kak Ja Stal Monahom (English: How i became a monk; transl. Как я стал монахом) (from 2019)
  • Monastyrskaja Kuhnja (English: Monastic cuisine; transl. Монастырская кухня) with Maxim Syrnikov (from 2016)
  • Nashi Ljubimye Pesni (English: Our favorite songs; transl. Наши любимые песни) with Peter Romanov (from 2019)
  • Ne veru! (English: I do not believe!; transl. Не верю!) with Konstantin Matsan - a conversation between a priest and an atheist (from 2017)
  • Parsuna (transl. Парсуна) — Author's TV program Vladimir R. Legoyda (from 2018)
  • Pilgrim (English: Pilgrim; transl. Пилигрим) (from 2019)
  • Pryamaya Linia. Otvet Svjashhennika (English: Straight line. Priest's answer; transl. Прямая линия. Ответ священника) (from 2017)
  • RES PUBLICA (from 2018)
  • Russkij Obed (English: Russian Dinner; transl. Русский обед) with Maxim Syrnikov and Alyona Gorenko (from 2019)
  • Shchipkov (English: Shchipkov; transl. Щипков) — Author's TV program Aleksandr Shchipkov (from 2017)
  • Sila Duha (English: Strength of Mind; transl. Сила духа) with Nikolai Valuev (from 2018)
  • Sledy Imperii (English: Traces of Impire; transl. Следы империи) with Arkady Mamontov (from 2017)
  • Tajny Skazok (English: Secrets of fairy tales; transl. Тайны сказок) with Anna Kovalchuk (from 2018)
  • V Poiskah Boga (English: In search of God; transl. В поисках Бога) (from 2019)
  • Vechnost i Vremja (English: Eternity and Time; transl. Вечность и время) with Boris Kostenko (from 2012)
  • Vera v Bolshom Gorode (English: Faith in the Big City; transl. Вера в большом городе) (from 2018)
  • Vstrecha (English: Meet; transl. Встреча) with Protoiereus Andrey Tkachev (from 2018)
  • Zhenskaja Polovina (English: Women Moeity; transl. Женская половина) — talk show for Orthodox women with Elena Zhosul (from 2019)
  • Zavet (English: Testament; transl. Завет (from 2018)


  1. ^ "Spas (Saviour) started broadcasting in July 2005, 40 percent of its content related to Orthodox Church matters." − Media Transformations in the Post-communist World / eds. Peter Gross, Karol Jakubowicz. Lexington Books, 2012. − 236 p.