NBC Foreign Correspondent Lucy Kafanov reported on the conditions under communist rule in Russia for “Nightly News,” seemingly comparing them in a positive light to current conditions in the country.
During the June 11 broadcast, Kafanov listed several negative statistics about Russia's economy and said, “It wasn't always like this.” She then described how the government “provided” for its people and portrayed the currently dismal economic conditions as a result of the Soviet Union's collapse:
In the Soviet era, most villagers worked on huge, collective farms. Life wasn't easy, but the government provided for the people. All of that came to an end when the Soviet Union collapsed.
The broadcast showed a desolate part of Russia's countryside with the chyron, “RUSSIAN COUNTRYSIDE FILLED WITH GHOST TOWNS.” Kafanov observed, “Areas like this never recovered.”