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May 2014

30 May 2014

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%.

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23 May 2014

The Russian national search engine "Sputnik" was launched

Search engine "Sputnik", which was developed by "Rostelecom", launched in beta for users.

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A new Internet search engine "Sputnik" will focus on information to solve everyday problems of Russians - for example, the best prices for medicines in pharmacies, contact government agencies, serving a particular building, or instructions on obtaining maternity capital.

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22 May 2014

Victor Shkulev elected as a Deputy Chairman of FIPP

During the last annual meeting in Bangkok, the International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP) decided to elect Victor Shkulev – President of media company Hearst Shkulev Media as a Deputy Chairman of FIPP. Victor Shkulev became the first Eastern European and Russian representative as a Deputy Chairman of FIPP since its inception.

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20 May 2014

Medvedev Criticizes Official for Threats to Block Twitter

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev criticized an official on Friday for threatening that Moscow could block online networking site Twitter, in an apparent attempt to allay fears that Russia could cut access.

His comments, posted on his Facebook page, came after the deputy director of Russia's communications watchdog agency Maxim Ksenzov told Izvestia newspaper that Russia's blocking of U.S.-based Twitter had become "unavoidable".

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19 May 2014

Inside the Wholesaler Distribution Dynamic

While readers of my blog often contact me with intriguing and sometimes unexpected information or ideas, it isn’t often that anyone brings up topics that I don’t think I already know something about.

Larry Scheur succeeded in doing that in a recent series of communications.

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15 May 2014

New Bill Seeks to Expand Media Advertising Ban to Condoms

Russia's State Duma is considering a bill banning condoms, thermometers and other medical products from being advertised in the media.

The bill, posted on the parliament's website, follows on a measure that went into force earlier this year banning advertising for highly specialized medical products and procedures, such as CAT scans, which was thought to be ripe for repeal.

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14 May 2014

Poll Finds 94% of Russians Depend on State TV for Ukraine Coverage

The views echoed among Russia's state-owned television networks have taken a firm grip on the country's population, according to the results of a poll published Monday.

The Levada Center, a Moscow-based independent research organization, revealed that 94 percent of the population relies on domestic television networks to follow developments in Ukraine and Crimea. The outcome of the poll, which was conducted in April, was based on the opinions of a representative sample of 1,602 adults across 45 regions.

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13 May 2014

Time Inc. Will Spin off From Time Warner in 15 Days

Time Warner has set a date for the spin-off of its Time Inc. publishing unit: May 23.

The date came in afiling with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, which also included a shareholders' welcome letter from Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp. "We are one of the largest branded media companies in the world, reaching more than 130 million people each month across print and digital platforms," Mr. Ripp Wrote, listing company titles such as People, Sports Illustrated, Time and InStyle.

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12 May 2014

Problems of subscription and printed media retail in Russia

From April 24 to April 25, 2014 the XXVI Seminar "Improved sales of periodicals" of "ARPI "Sibir" passed in Novosibirsk.  V. V. Kerov, deputy chairman of the PDA, Chairman of the Coordination Council of the Alliance in support of the Institute of subscription to newspapers and magazines, spoke at the event.

Report was devoted to topical issues of the printed media in Russia. Presenting the information on the dynamics of the structure and the volume of the Russian market periodicals to participants, V.V.Kerov elaborated on the situation in the field of press distribution.

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08 May 2014

Russian media watchdog tests online foul language monitoring

Media watchdog Roskomnadzor has launched testing of an automatic system to monitor online sources for foul language, which is expected to be introduced by the fourth quarter of 2014, the agency’s spokesperson Vadim Ampelonsky told Izvestia daily.

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