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June 18, 2005

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Putin and the Press: Revival of Soviet Style Propaganda

Oleg Panfilov

The widespread presence in government posts of Putin’s former KGB and FSB colleagues has also fostered this revival of Soviet-style propaganda. Their actions and decrees are evidence of a belief that it remains essential for Russian society to be dependent on regular dosages of manipulated information for Russia, and the reign of President Putin, to endure.

This pamplet, by one of the most courageous of post-Soviet journalism is a stinging indictment of the passivity of the mass media in Russia in the face of the re-emergence of Soviet-style propaganda techniques and administrative direction. It may be that such passivity, as much as the actions of the Putin Administration itself, is the most important foundation of the relative lack of critical analysis of Putin in much Russian media.

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