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Introducing Russia’s Media Aristocracy

In: Russian Politics
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Elisabeth Schimpfössl School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, United Kingdom, e.schimpfoessl@ucl.ac.uk

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Ilya Yablokov School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, i.yablokov@leeds.ac.uk

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This collection of articles deals with the history and the current state of Russia’s media elite. It defines three groups of media elites; owners of media outlets, media managers and prominent journalists. All those groups are under pressure of being agreeable to the Kremlin and pleasing their audiences with their products and output. The Kremlin’s tightened control over the media forced some media professionals out, losing their jobs or emigrating. The majority, however, have kept their positions. They are reasonably well networked and integrated into the political system and successfully employ strategies partly inherited from Soviet times. The collection of articles provides insights into the inner working of Russian media, delivering a nuanced understanding of media control, censorship and self-censorship.

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