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April 2014

30 April 2014

What the Papers Say, April 30, 2014

Here you'll find an overview of the main topics covered in the Russian press.

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29 April 2014

Media Minister Says No Barriers Against Independent TV Channel Dozhd

Russia's communications minister has said there is no reason why independent channel Dozhd cannot return to cable television packages, in a sign of hope for the cash-strapped station.

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28 April 2014

Vkonkate Founder Pavel Durov Becomes Citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis

Vkontakte social network founder Pavel Durov acquired citizenship of St. Kitts and Nevis shortly before fleeing Russia amid a conflict with security services over data protection and privacy, a news report has said. Durov, who was fired from his position as Vkontakte CEO last week, received a St. Kitts and Nevis passport by contributing $250,000 to the Caribbean nation's sugar industry in February, an unidentified source close to the company's shareholders said, Izvestia reported Monday.

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24 April 2014

The bloggers fate in Russia is unpredictable and frustrating

There was a popular slogan in "Komsomolskaya Pravda" some time ago: "We amaze every day". This wonderful slogan can be referred to the activities of the State Duma. Last pearls - it is the law on blogs and bloggers. Rather part of the law on combating terrorism, which as a whole was adopted in SD last Friday. The essence of it is known, it is simple: if the blogger has more than 3 thousands of hits per day of his text, he acquires the status and position of the media, with all the consequences.

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22 April 2014

Peskov: Media, on the budget expense, should express the opinion of the State

State media, on the budget expense should express the opinion of the state - a position expressed by Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president, answering a Moscow Times reporter's question in the "Right to Know" on TVC channel.

Journalist drew attention of the press secretary of the fact that the media should represent different points of view and be more objective. "You are as idealistic as I am" - retorted Peskov. According to him, private media also exist now in Russia, representing the entire palette of perspectives, and there are "no dominants like TV channels".


Source: RBC

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21 April 2014

Spectacle on ice: Magazine covers poke fun at Russia's Putin

Two different magazine covers with strikingly similar concepts combine Russian president Vladimir Putin and figure skating to create a satirical spectacle on ice. 

With the Olympics set to begin next week, The New Yorker and The Economist both have some fun with Putin on their latest covers, depicting him as a figure skater striking flamboyant poses. In a cartoon titled "Jury of his Peers'' on the cover of the Feb. 3 issue, New Yorker artist Barry Blitt depicts Putin on a skating rink leaping into the air with his arms spread as a panel of identical Putins rate his performance.

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18 April 2014

Andrey Tumanov: Bureaucracy now is afraid of the publicity and pressure, rather than fines

The Initiative of the mandatory response by email to the journalist’s requests looks questionable. It will be very difficult to identify the journalist by e-mail. So anyone can send requests this way and subscribe "The New York Times", for example.

There is no way one can be identified by the e-mail. Another thing, if the request comes from the editorial, it will be on a special form, and if a journalist came himself, he would have to show the identification card.

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17 April 2014

The resolution of the XXVI International PDA Conference

The participants of the XXVI international PDA conference, representing distribution and publishing companies that operate on the entire territory of the Russian Federation, as well as near and far abroad, have expressed their serious concern over the intensification of the negative processes in the sphere of production, publishing and distribution of printed materials in Russia.

The current practice and some initiatives to reform the industry, that appeared recently, are contradicting, in our view, to the federal policy for the conservation and development of the system of information supply for the population, Russia's information security.

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16 April 2014

Prices on the press increased significantly in the 1st quarter of 2014

After a significant fall of the ruble at the beginning of 2014, intensive calculations began in all branches of the country, to clarify whether the inflation will be the same rapid in the coming months, and whether it will follow for a weakening ruble? Of course, in general, it’s obvious that the depreciation of the ruble affected mainly on import content of consumer goods, rather than on the internal circulation.

However, recent data from Rosstat proved, that fears were not so groundless: the rise of the prices in Russia in the first quarter amounted to 2.3 % (in 2013 - 1.9%). At the same time the retail prices for the press, as shown by monitoring of the prices for newspapers and magazines in trade objects of different formats, increased on average by 4.5%. Thus, the rise in prices for periodicals is not just in 2 times more than the average level for the products in the country: in the first three months of 2014 it reached the level, which was achieved in the past, in 2013, only in the third quarter.

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15 April 2014

The largest associations of printing press supported the measures of Russian Post for the conservation of the subscription circulations

Press Distributors Association and the Guild of Press Publishers approved an action plan for the conservation of the Russian Post subscription circulations within the subscription campaign for the second half of 2014.

Measures proposed by the Post were  discussed on April 3, at the meeting of the Deputy Director General of the Russian Post Inessa Galaktionova with representatives of the federal print media and the largest associations of periodicals. In conditions when the subscription campaign began without government subsidies for the first time since 2008 and Russian Post was forced to revise the tariffs for subscriptions deliveries, the company at the same time not only retained all earlier prices, but has proposed new measures to encourage subscribers.

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