Fridge vs. TV

In Russian political, the expressions "battle of the fridge vs. TV" (битва холодильника с телевизором), "refrigerator and TV set", etc., refer to the relative influence of the actual living conditions ("what's in the fridge") and state propaganda on the opinions of the ordinary population of Russia.[1][2]

It appears that the TV is winning. For example, while in 2015 polls the majority agreed that Russia is in crisis, the blame was commonly put on the West, rather than on the government.[1]

Still, the very existence of the joke indicates that the grip of the state propaganda is incomplete yet. [3]