In September 2018 , ten Russian language channels were added to Astra 1 satellite. Peretz, Domashniy, Ren TV, R1, 5 Kanal, NTV Mir, TV Center Int, STS Int, TV 8 Russia and TV Rus. Astra is the main European satellite for German, French, Spanish and others.
A dish combining English, German French, Italian Spanish and others ( Dutch, Swiss, Austrian, Czech, Slovak) can be custom made for you.
The Moscow City Court has approved an application by the Gazprom-Media channels TNT, TV-3, 2×2 and Super to have the illegal distribution of their content on the Yandex video search engine blocked.
No change over Europe by satellite, but inside Russia the terrestrial transmitters are all ready to go Digital, the last analogue channels will be closed in Jan 2019. These actually only now serve 10% of the population.
The latecomers to digital will be purchasing their new digital set top boxes, typically costing under 10 Euro. There is no doubt there will be a last minute rush to buy the digital equipment.
Strangely regional broadcasters have been left to their own schedules and will continue with analogue as long as they want to.