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July 2014

31 July 2014

Authorities of the Rostov region have assigned further 16 million rubles for support of municipal media

To save the subscribers of the printed media, to support municipal printing publishing and keep their circulation is not possible without the support of the regional center, assured the Governor of the Rostov Region Vasily Golubev.

"The Don population is used to receive information about events in the region or area from their local newspapers, we do not want to deprive them of this opportunity. Raising tariffs (Russian Post - IF) first will hit subscribers in small settlements, whose inhabitants are most reading audience. Our task is to prevent the closure of local newspapers, try to preserve their circulation and, most importantly, accessible cost for readers"- the words of V. Golubev quoted on Tuesday in the Management of government information policy in the region.

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28 July 2014

Search engine "Sputnik" launched the first mobile services

As we wrote before, a new and promising search engine "Sputnik" came into service in Russia.

Russian Internet search engine "Sputnik" launched the first mobile applications "My House" and "Medicines" on both iOS and Android. This is stated in the message of "Rostelecom" company which owns the search engine.

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25 July 2014

How Communism Gave Birth to the Russian Hacker Scene

A busty brunette dubbed "the world's sexiest hacker," half a dozen slots on the FBI's cybercrime most wanted list, now — allegedly — a lawmaker's son: Russian hackers are certainly making a splash in the international media.

But a handful of high-profile incidents are not necessarily enough to constitute a trend, especially in the underworld, where the best criminals are those that do not get caught.

The urban legend about crafty Russian hackers draining Western bank accounts while slurping their cola is certainly overblown, domestic IT experts polled by The Moscow Times said Thursday.

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22 July 2014

Beer Ads Return to Russian Stadiums, Television for World Cup

Beer ads may soon reappear in Russian stadiums, print media and television — but only through the end of 2018, the year Russia hosts the FIFA World Cup, according to a bill recently approved by the State Duma.Proposed with an eye toward increasing regions' funding for sports events, the amendment, which passed its second and third readings on Friday, temporarily reverses a series of restrictions that were imposed in summer 2012 as part of a wide-ranging ban on alcohol advertising.

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21 July 2014

NatGeo To Use Recycled Paper

The National Geographic Society will begin incorporating recycled fiber into its magazine pages as the result of a years-long partnership with Green America and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The publisher's flagship title, as well as National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Little Kids, is piloting magazine paper containing five percent postconsumer recycled fiber as the first step in a larger testing process, according to Green America.

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18 July 2014

Russia's Media Watchdog Asks Twitter to Block A Dozen Extremist Accounts

Russia's media watchdog has asked Twitter to block access to a dozen accounts it deems to be "extremist," the agency's head said, as Moscow seeks greater control over Internet sites based beyond its borders. Alexander Zharov, the head of communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, said after a meeting with Twitter's head of global public policy, Colin Crowell, that the social network had agreed to Russia's request, Izvestia reported Monday.

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11 July 2014

Russia Investigating Marvel Comic Books as 'Propaganda of Violence'

A Russian state company that distributes printed publications has asked the federal media watchdog to investigate Marvel comic books for denigrating Soviet symbols and amounting to "propaganda of a cult of violence."

The comics in particular, which show American superheroes The Avengers battling Soviet-symbol-laden self-described "servants of the Russian Federation," promote "violence and cruelty," distributor Rospechat says, the Izvestia newspaper reported Wednesday.

Although the story ends in peace, media watchdog Roskomnadzor has agreed to investigate the books and is considering giving the publisher an official warning, two of which within a year is grounds for revocation of its license, the Ekho Moskvy news outlet reported.

The publisher Egmont, operating under an agreement with Marvel's parent company Walt Disney, still intends to release the comics next month, but most likely with the Soviet symbols removed, Izvestia reported.

The Avengers comic book series, first published in the United States in 1963, has spawned several Hollywood blockbusters, including an eponymous 2012 hit that grossed $1.5 billion at the box office.

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10 July 2014

Conference on Press distribution in Crimea has received a support by the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications

Preparations for an industry Conference "Prospects of Press distribution system in the Crimea", which, as previously reported, will be held from July 14 till July 16 in Alushta (Crimea) by PDA and NP NSRP "Souzpechat" supported by "Krymsoyuzpechat". Currently, representatives of major publishing and distribution companies from Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Pskov, Rostov-on-Don, Taganrog, Tver, Tyumen expressed willingness to participate in the event.

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09 July 2014

Chinese Embassy in Russia supports PDA’s media-conference in Shanghai (China)

On July 2 the Chairman of PDA A. V. Oskin and the head of the Press and Information and Public Diplomacy of the Embassy Yunhay Gow met at the Embassy of China in Russia. The talks were attended also by Executive Director of PDA Y. Polyuhovich and the Third secretary of the Embassy of China in the Russian Federation Li Lagny.

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08 July 2014

Russian Journalism Is Crippled By Its Cynicism

Russian journalism has never really won the respect of its readers or the government — a failing that keeps it from developing into the force for good it is in other nations.

The quality of journalism education is in part to blame. Contemporary Russian journalism unfortunately remains influenced by its dual legacy of reconstituted Soviet-era courses, and post-Soviet desire for profit. These Soviet-era courses focus on writing style and general education, rather than on sharp ethics and reporting skills. After all, neither is really required when the graduate goes on to work at Rossia-1, RT, Channel One or any other huge Russian media.

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