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A quarter of Belarusians rely on Russian media for news, new study says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia One Belarusian in four has not read the Belarusian media during the last month but instead relies on Russian media often delivered via the Internet, according to Mikhail Doroshevich, the director of the Baltic Internet Policy Initiative, on the basis of a new survey. This group watches NTV on the Internet, goes to Russian portals like Lenta.ru, and communicates with each other via Russian

Kremlin using archaeologists in Karelia to undermine truth and whitewash Stalin’s reputation

Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Moscow has deployed archaeologists at Sandarmokh, the site in Karelia where more than 10,000 of Stalin’s victims were buried, in a transparent effort to rewrite history a la Katyn by suggesting that those buried there were killed by the Finns during the Winter War rather than by the Soviet dictatorship throughout its history. Sandarmokh attracted attention beginning in the 1990s thanks to the heroic efforts

Beyond censorship: Kremlin using another means to impose ideological control

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Preventing the publication of something or suppressing it after it has been published are all too familiar forms of censorship and the imposition of ideological control in Putin’s Russia. But there are other means as well, including forcing the reorganization of research staffs and the forced firing of critics of the regime. An example of this more insidious form of repression is occuring at Moscow’s

Zelensky playing on Putin’s fears Ukraine could be an alternative Russia, Kirillova says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Even before his inauguration, incoming Ukrainian president has launched an information war against Moscow, calling on others in the post-Soviet countries to see what is “possible” if one does what Ukraine is doing and offering Ukrainian citizenship to those, including Russians, who are struggling against authoritarian regimes. To the extent he follows through on these words, Kseniya Kirillova says, he will be conducting “an

Russian Population’s Reaction to Skripal Case More Disturbing than a First Glance Suggests, Psychologist Says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Many people have been put off by the bombastic comments of Russians on the street and in the Internet in reaction to the Skripal case, with some suggesting that it shows what Moscow can do when it wants to and even saying that the FSB can and even should do such things in the future. But beneath that appalling show of “infantilism” and “lunacy,”

Moscow Pre-Schoolers Being Taught to Hate America

By Paul Goble, Window on Ukraine In what is a clear violation of Russian law but fully in line with Kremlin policy, kindergarteners in Moscow are being taught to hate America and to ignore any relatives they may have living there about what life is like in the United States, according to Andrey Chernov. On his Facebook page, the Russian blogger reports that his “older daughter writes that in Moscow,

Most people in the West make two fatal mistakes about Moscow ‘media,’ Yakovenko says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Most people in the West continue to make two “fatal” mistakes about the media in Putin’s Russia, Igor Yakovenko says. They assume that Russians who call themselves journalists are in fact journalists and that Russian propaganda is propaganda in the normal sense. “Few in the West understand,” the Russian commentator writes, “what the world is dealing with in the form of the Putin regime

Russians so overwhelmingly apolitical that poll numbers are meaningless, Kagarlitsky says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Given that 90 percent of Russian society is “apolitical,” Moscow commentator Boris Kagarlitsky says, “it is impossible” to say how much support Vladimir Putin or anyone else has. Indeed, asking that question under Russian conditions now is completely inappropriate. This comment from the director of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements came in response to a question posed by Kazan’s Business Gazeta to a number

Putin Invaded Ukraine to Prevent ‘Ukrainian’ Ideas from Spreading into Russia, Shmelyev Says

The main reason Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea and the Donbass, Aleksandr Shmelyev says, is that he feared that the ideas that had animated Ukrainians at the time of the Maidan would spread into Russia and become the basis of a similar challenge to himself. To prevent that, he acted as he did so as to alienate the two nations from each other. As a result, the former Vzglyad editor and

As screws tighten in Moscow, Russians are turning to diverse regional media, editors say

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia As the Moscow media is increasingly restricted in its operations by the Kremlin, more Russians are turning to media in the regions which are often more diverse and exciting in their coverage than their counterparts in the capital and which can be accessed by the increasingly Internet-savvy regional outlets. The regional media are under pressure as well, but it varies widely from one region

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