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Stephen Ennis Stephen Ennis is Russian media analyst for BBC Monitoring. Blog posts in total 39

  1. Russia's journalists join wave of disillusioned emigrants

    Friday 3 October 2014, 09:50

    Several prominent Russian journalists have emigrated, complaining about restrictions on media freedom in Russia  

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  2. New ad law set to wreak havoc in Russian TV market

    Friday 25 July 2014, 09:30

    A new Russian law which stops pay TV channels from carrying ads is widely seen as an attempt to curtail media freedom by undermining smaller players.

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  3. Russian TV airs media death threats

    Monday 7 July 2014, 12:36

    For the first time, death threats against journalists and media organisations have been uttered with apparent impunity on Russian television.

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  4. UK journalist caught up in Russia-Ukraine media battle

    Friday 20 June 2014, 14:19

    Reporters are playing a central role in the Russia/Ukraine conflict, according to Mark Franchetti, who found himself part of the media battle after appearing on TV in Ukraine. 

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  5. Competing interpretations of Ukraine: Journalism v propaganda

    Thursday 1 May 2014, 14:29

    On 28 April, media around the world carried reports about an attack by pro-Russian militants in the eastern city of Donetsk on a Ukraine unity demonstration.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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