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Stephen Ennis Stephen Ennis is Russian media analyst for BBC Monitoring. Blog posts in total 34

  1. Russian TV host in nuclear holocaust warning

    Tuesday 18 March 2014, 14:03

    Dmitriy Kiselev, star presenter on official Russian TV channel Rossiya 1, boasted that Russia was the only country genuinely capable of turning the USA into radioactive ash.

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  2. Olympics Nazi row threatens top Russian radio station

    Thursday 13 February 2014, 11:46

    Comparisons between Russian skaters’ gold-winning triumph and Hitler’s Nazi Olympics could spell trouble for independent Ekho Moskvy radio.

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  3. Russian TV ignores controversy to put Putin centre stage at Sochi

    Friday 7 February 2014, 12:25

    The Winter Olympics in Sochi is not only a challenge for Russia's government and athletes, but also for its main state broadcaster VGTRK, one of whose tasks appears to be to present the event as a personal triumph for President Vladimir Putin.

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  4. Russian media just gets more bizarre - and occasionally uplifting

    Monday 9 December 2013, 12:17

    Watching the Russian media has always had its fair share of disturbing moments, but recently it has been like peering into a twilight zone of surreal paranoia.

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  5. Russian protests at TV teddy’s lie-down strike

    Wednesday 16 October 2013, 11:44

    One of the best-loved programmes for children in Russia has come under fire from opposition activists after allegedly parodying the anti-Kremlin protest movement.

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  6. Lost in translation? What exactly does Russia mean by an ‘act of provocation’ in Syria?

    Thursday 19 September 2013, 12:10

    UK audiences have being hearing about how Russia thinks the chemical attack inflicted on a suburb of Damascus on 21 August was an act of provocation. But might difficulties over the translation of a tricky Russian term be causing some listeners or viewers to misconstrue what Moscow has in mind?

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  7. What President Putin isn’t saying at the G20 – or anywhere else

    Friday 6 September 2013, 12:03

    Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have a speech impediment. For some reason, he does not appear to be able to utter the name of opposition leader and Moscow mayoral candidate Aleksey Navalnyy.

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  8. Quadcopter is Russian activists' new anti-corruption weapon

    Thursday 29 August 2013, 11:06

    Russian anti-corruption campaigners have a new weapon in their struggle to cast a light on the vast fortunes amassed by government officials: the quadcopter.

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  9. Are Putin mockers dupes of the Kremlin PR machine?

    Friday 2 August 2013, 13:01

    In the latest in his series of daredevil he-man stunts, Russian President Vladimir Putin has appeared on prime-time news landing an enormous pike during a fishing trip in Siberia.

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  10. Russian media and the art of ‘provokatsiya’

    Thursday 27 June 2013, 15:18

    In a media context, provokatsiya often refers to a hoax designed to embarrass or discredit someone.

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  11. Anatomy of Putin’s divorce announcement

    Monday 17 June 2013, 16:10

    The announcement of the divorce of the Putins was a classic piece of Kremlin media manipulation.  

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  12. Russia's public service TV channel launches under fire

    Wednesday 29 May 2013, 12:54

    The first public service TV channel in Russia, OTR, which began broadcasting on 19 May, has received mixed reviews. The channel has been characterised, for instance, as "a fat not-so-young opera diva playing a light-footed youthful heroine" or the elderly Mr Burns from the US cartoon The Simpsons "dressed...

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  13. Russian media at odds with polls on new anti-gay law

    Wednesday 13 March 2013, 12:25

    As Moscow prepares to pass legislation that would ban the promotion of homosexuality among children, a number of liberal Russian magazines and websites have challenged the widespread homophobia in the country.

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  14. Meet the Syrian conflict ‘heroine’ of Russian TV

    Friday 22 February 2013, 13:23

    Anastasiya Popova has featured regularly on bulletins on official channel Rossiya 1 over the past 18 months or so, often reporting on the bloody conflict amid the sound of gunfire and detonating shells.

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  15. Impartiality: the politics of Russian radio debated on Twitter

    Thursday 1 November 2012, 16:49

    Aleksey Venediktov, editor-in-chief of one of the leading talk radio stations in Russia has crossed swords with Twitter users who have questioned his editorial independence.

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  16. A new tool to monitor Twitter reaction to the Russian floods

    Thursday 12 July 2012, 13:28

    BBC Monitoring is carrying out a three-month trial of ForSight, a tool to monitor social media.

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  17. How free will Russia's new public service TV channel be?

    Friday 20 April 2012, 12:00

    Outgoing Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev has ordered the creation of a new public service television station to come on air on 1 January 2013.

    Unveiling plans for the channel on 17 April, he pledged it would be free of "excessive state influence". There are, though, grounds for doubting whether the...

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  18. Russian media targets US over Moscow protests coverage

    Thursday 15 December 2011, 15:48

    Russia's state-funded English-language broadcaster RT (formerly Russia Today) has targeted US broadcasters over mistakes in the coverage of protests in Russia.

    It does not appear, though, to have reported on the much more significant omissions on the part of Russian broadcasters.

    The 'fair elections...

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  19. Russian elections: 'decisive role' claimed for web activists

    Tuesday 6 December 2011, 12:10

    Russia's parliamentary election, which has resulted in a considerably reduced majority for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's party, One Russia, witnessed a clash of cultures between television and the internet. Online activists, led by blogger and anti-corruption campaigner Aleksey Navalnyy, are claiming...

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  20. Community-based social media in Russia

    Friday 27 May 2011, 18:46

    At the BBC Social Media Summit, community web organiser William Perrin spoke about the impact of locally run social media in communities across Britain - including King's Cross in London, Sheffield, and the tiny village of Parwich in Derbyshire.

    He said the level of activity on these sites could be really...

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