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Russians’ Confidence in TV hits an all-time low

Russians no longer believe everything they see on TV. According to a Synovate Comcon poll, only 35 percent consider TV impartial – a historic low. While the Internet is more trusted – 40 percent of Russians have confidence in information found online – access is still limited for many Russians due to the country’s size and poor infrastructure

Historically, confidence in TV had been higher than in print media by tens of percentage points. Even in the 2010 poll, 40 percent of respondents trusted their TV sets as opposed to only 34 percent who had confidence in newspapers. This year’s ranking, however, showed that 36 percent of Russians trusted the information they read in magazines.

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Content containment: Russian blacklist of outlawed websites in force

President Putin has signed into law a bill obliging Russian internet providers to block websites with banned content and putting responsibility on state agencies and NGOs to search for such sites.

The bill was published in the official government newspaper, which brings legislation into force on Monday.

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Media bill controversy

As the ink dries on a bill forcing NGOs with foreign financing to register as “foreign agents,” a similar proposal for media outlets is facing an apparent backlash from an unexpected place – the Kremlin.

The criticism over United Russia deputy Yevgeny Fyodorov’s proposed bill suggests the recent spate of laws for “tightening the screws” are not all passed down from the top, and at least some are seen as getting just a notch too tight.

Fyodorov, a legislator from the party of power, which was, until recently, headed by President Vladimir Putin, was somewhat baffled by the criticism from his leaders. “What, it’s normal to demand transparency for NGOs, but it’s not normal to demand transparency from mass media?” he told The Moscow News on Friday.

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Collezioni at Anniversary Moscow City Racing

Collezioni magazine participated in the auto show Moscow City Racing, the brightest event of summer 2012, which took place at Bolotnaya Ploshchad over the weekend.

As part of the show, Collezioni organized a lounge zone for guests, where they could have a look at the latest magazine issues and enjoy fresh non-alcoholic cocktails from Evian, which were most certainly quite refreshing in the sweltering heat.

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Media Landscape Shifts With Putin's Return

If prime-time television is any indicator, the country's media landscape is undergoing a major shakeup.

Last weekend, Svetlana Kuritsina, a provincial activist for a pro-Kremlin youth organization, debuted on NTV national television with her own show, “Luch Sveta,” or “Ray of Light.” During the half-hour road show, the somewhat inarticulate 19-year-old was shown discussing how she could use her overdeveloped bust for her career.

Kuritsina, better known as “Sveta from Ivanovo,” became an Internet sensation last winter after a video surfaced of her rambling about how Russians “have become more better dressed” under Vladimir Putin. Her Saturday night debut was watched by 357,900 viewers, more than any other television show that evening, Izvestia reported.

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