Friday 5 December 2014, 14:54
Independent Russian media are subject to increasing restrictions. Here's how one TV station warns about a ban on pay TV taking ads
Wednesday 12 November 2014, 17:03
Russian news bulletins have enjoyed a boost to ratings since the Ukraine conflict began. A former Kremlin spin doctor warns of "ultra-propaganda" in television coverage of the conflict, and that the needs of TV are even influencing government policy.
Friday 3 October 2014, 09:50
Several prominent Russian journalists have emigrated, complaining about restrictions on media freedom in Russia
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Thursday 27 June 2013, 15:18
In a media context, provokatsiya often refers to a hoax designed to embarrass or discredit someone.
Monday 17 June 2013, 16:10
The announcement of the divorce of the Putins was a classic piece of Kremlin media manipulation.
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...
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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