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Media and power in post-Soviet Russia
Zasurskiĭ, Ivan.
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Rekonstrukt͡sii͡a Rossii. English
Publication Information:
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, [2004]

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xi, 269 pages ; 24 cm
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"Published in cooperation with the Transnational Institut, Amsterdam".

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P95.82.R9 Z3713 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This book describes the rise of independent mass media in Russia, from the loosening of censorship under Gorbachev's policy of glasnost to the proliferation of independent newspapers and the rise of media barons during the Yeltsin years. The role of the Internet, the impact of the 1998 financial crisis, the succession of Putin, and the effort to reimpose central power over privately controlled media empires mark the end of the first decade of a Russian free press. Throughout the book, there is a focus on the close intermingling of political power and media power, as the propaganda function of the press in fact never disappeared, but rather has been harnessed to multiple and conflicting ideological interests. More than a guide to the volatile Russian media scene and its players, Media and Power in Post-Soviet Russia poses questions of importance and relevance in any functioning democracy.

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Covering both print and television, Zassoursky covers the interaction between politics and media in Russia in the 1990s, arguing that a traditional political history of Russia during this period would be incomplete if it did not include media issues and the rise and fall of Russia's first media magnates. A useful table in chapter 1 sets out five periods of media-political history beginning in 1970. Some history on glasnost is included, but most of the emphasis is on later media ownership and control. Analysis of the Internet's and the media's role in the 1996 Russian elections is well done. Readers lacking substantial background in Russian history may have trouble following the personalities, parties, and media outlets discussed here, but those well schooled in contemporary Russian politics will find the book interesting. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Graduate and research collections. L. J. Rosselle Elon University

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figurep. vii
Preface: A Decade of Freedomp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
1. Word and Deedp. 3
2. The Case of Nezavisimaya Gazetap. 35
3. The "Mediatization" of Politicsp. 57
4. Reconstructing Russiap. 115
5. The Internet in Russiap. 161
6. The Media Systemp. 189
Conclusionp. 229
Notesp. 231
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 255