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Vladimir Putin orientated himself in the media

The President presented the news agenda

Vladimir Putin talked with participants of the first media forum that took place in St. Petersburg. The President expressed his opinion about the law adopted by State Duma on Tuesday, which actually equates popular bloggers to the media. Making it clear that he agrees with it, the President urged to avoid "going too far" and explain where the Internet  in general and the largest Russian search engine "Yandex" in particular come from. After the words that "Yandex"  "started as a project with Western influence", the company's stock has fallen off by 6%.

As of its format Putin's speech reminds of continuation of the straight line, held on April 17th. First, there was no actually keynote speech: after a short introduction questions began immediately, the answers to which can sometimes be considered as a policy statement. Secondly, the President was asked not so much about the media, how about the situation in the country and in the world in general. Third, as well as during the straight line, the first question was from the Crimea. "Crimea" TV Channel journalist Olga Burachenok asked whether the Crimea and Sevastopol media can rely on the assistance. Mr. Putin assured in response, that all media can enjoy the benefits provided by the law (see the reference).

Further the President showed his knowledge of how the media job is constructed. "The share of public investment in the development of the Murmansk transport hub will be reduced by 75 % in favor of the port of Kerch", - said Ekaterina Andreeva of the "Murmansk herald" newspaper, asking the President to clarify, how true this information is. "It's your Governor (Marina Kovtun. - "Ъ") persuaded, I know" - ironically replied Vladimir Putin. "These are independent media” – the president was prompted from the hall. "Yes, I understand how independent they are" - continued to sneer president, asking the journalist to pass to the governor that "this program will not be cut", as all "that is done and will be done in respect of the provisions of the Government, for the Crimea".

But when the discussion touched the necessity of combating corruption, Putin realized that regional media are really independent. Arkady Zarubin from "Arshan" newspaper, which is published in one of the regions of Buryatia, said that his edition was involved in a campaign for honesty procurement, which last year launched the ONF . But when "Arshan" published the information that all public procurement is carried out by the regional authorities through "their" firms, editorial problems with the distribution began. President was interested in this. A journalist asked whether it is possible to protect regional media in such an important issue as the fight against corruption. The President promised that, of course, ONF also can provide the quasi administrative support, but offered to consider the institutional protection tools. At the same time, Putin believes that if there is "some sort of pressure in the regions, this information can be communicated by the ONF channels not only to the presidential administration and the government", but also to the federal media.

As a result, communication moderator, ONF member, State Duma deputy Olga Timofeeva invited all participants, media representatives consider themselves as members of the ONF and be included in the problem-solving scheme, drawn by the President. At the same time Vladimir Putin told how he would have been himself a journalist: "I would try to become a specialist in a particular issue, an expert. It seems to me that it would be interesting for consumers of this information, because just to get the actual information now could be done easily from the internet".

Particularly talked about the Internet. "There is a discussion right now in the government and the presidential administration, on what to that recognize as the mass media and what - not," - said Mr. Putin, referring to the law that actually equates popular bloggers to the media. "I do not want to make such an assessment , so as not to engage a point of view - the president said, and immediately expressed his view: - But if a man has an impact on thousands, tens of thousands, he, in fact, little differs from the media. "The President proposed to continue the discussion", but that there were no excesses, no need to go on a "grab and not let go".

Continuing the theme of the worldwide web, Mr Putin said that it was established as a special project of the CIA. "The founders of this field - are Americans, and they try to keep their monopoly. But this is impossible in the modern world, and we need to specifically fight for our interests", - he said.

In addition, according to the president, Russia's largest Internet search engine "Yandex" started as a project with Western influence: "When they (" Yandex ") were just starting to work, they too were succumbing – there should be so much Americans, so much Europeans - and they were forced to agree with that.”This story was followed in response to the words of one of the bloggers, noting that "Yandex" has no responsibility before the law as the media, while the audience of his top 5 news reaches tens of millions of people.

Just as a company (LLC "Yandex") was established in 2000. Ru-Net Holdings, has invested in "Yandex" just over $ 5 million, received about 35 % of the company. After 11 years "Yandex" has held an IPO on NASDAQ, the entire company was valued at $ 8 billion. Now "Yandex" is the largest Internet company in Russia, its revenue in the first quarter of this year is 10.9 billion rubles, and the share of the Russian search market was 62.1 % in March (according to Liveinternet). Among the investors - foreign funds, including Fund Family Baring Vostok. The interests of the state reserved the "golden" share, which in 2009 for a symbolic € 1 received Sberbank, is a kind of veto power over consolidation in the same hands for more than 25 % of the company.

Shares of "Yandex" yesterday at 18:00 Moscow time were felt by 6%.

Victor Hamraev, Alexey Oktiabrev, Vladimir Lavitsky


Source: Kommersant