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February 2015

27 February 2015

CNN Set to Begin Broadcasting in Russia Again

Russia's state media watchdog has approved U.S. news giant CNN's application for a broadcast license, bringing the cable broadcaster back to Russia less than two months after it left the market following the introduction of a tough new media advertising law.

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26 February 2015

Russian journalists detained in Kiev as Ukraine steps up censorship

Four Russian journalists were detained in Ukraine and ordered to return back to Moscow. Three of them were stopped when filming a Right Sector rally. The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed outrage at the incident, calling it a “provocation.”

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24 February 2015

Russia suggests media industry bailout plan

Alexey Volin, the Russian deputy minister of telecom and mass communications, has presented a bailout plan to the heads of the country’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). According to the Russian Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications (Minsvyaz), it carried out consultations with representatives of leading TV channels, publishing houses, associations of publishers and TV and radio broadcasters. Anti-recessionary measures are based on results of these consultations.

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20 February 2015

Users petition against the Internet tax

A petition against the introduction of anti-piracy Internet tax in Russia was launched at the Russian Social Initiative website.

If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures within a year, it will be reviewed by an expert committee chaired by the Minister for Open Government Affairs Mikhail Abyzov.

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19 February 2015

Kiosk owners complaints will reach the President

Complaints of the owners of stalls and kiosks, that Moscow officials plan to dismantle this year, will reach the level of the president. The question will be submitted to the State Council to support entrepreneurship in early March.

As previously reported by RBC, the authorities in Moscow plan to remove this year all the stalls, on the purchase of which insisted three years ago. Instead of private kiosks the state owned kiosks will appear in the capital, which the city government is going to rent. The situation, when the entrepreneurs have to close their businesses, do worry the Ministry of Economic Development, the assistant to the Minister Elena Lashkina stated for RBC. "The Ministry of Economic Development received complaints of the businessmen to regulate the scope of non-stationary trade at the level of regions, including Moscow", - she said.

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17 February 2015

Russian Social Media Site VKontakte Faces U.S. Blacklist… Again

The International Intellectual Property Alliance has recommended that the U.S. government declare Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, a piracy website for at least the third year in a row, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Tuesday.

The website, commonly called "Russia's Facebook," might again appear on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative's blacklist along with social network Odnoklassniki and torrent site, the report said.

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13 February 2015

The government is open to discussing new tax with Internet industry

According to, during the Hour of Code event the Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforovsaid that the Anti-piracy tax bill must be discussed with the industry. Otherwise, its current version will encounter many financial and technical obstacles.

“The bill still requires very careful consideration. It is a delusion that we can easily find out who watched a particular movie and listened to a particular song by analyzing the data traffic, and based on that distribute the money from the anti-piracyfund. Unfortunately, there are many issues with that,” – the Minister said to the press.

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12 February 2015

Trays with newspapers replaced by modern press stands

Number of points of hand-fed sale of periodicals will be reduced three times. This was stated by head of the Moscow Department of Media and Advertising Vladimir Chernikov.

Now the city has a half thousand trays and open-air bazaars - and soon will be about 400 such points. Moreover, the hand-fed trade will become civilized, trays replaced by trade press stands, will mark their position clearly.

- The open-air selling of the press must be converted, because they cause more complaints of Muscovites than were helpful - said Vladimir Chernikov. - Press stands already have an approved arrangement.

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10 February 2015

Russian Media Downplay Extent of Ruble Crisis

While the ruble pinballed erratically between 58 and 80 per U.S. dollar on Tuesday, making headlines around the world, Russia's state-run media have attempted to take a soft and conciliatory stance on the home currency's woes.

A news bullet by state-owned Channel One aired at 6 p.m. on Tuesday made the ruble plunge and the Central Bank interest rate hike their second item on the news program. The top story was a school attack in Pakistan that has left 135 people dead.

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06 February 2015

Survey Results: “Is it acceptable to advertise alcohol and tobacco in printed media?”

Below are the results of the latest online survey conducted by PDA.

Each survey lasts for 1-2 weeks, and then the results are published.

The results for the survey “Is it acceptable to advertise alcohol and tobacco in printed media?” are as follows:

  • The majority of participants (38.6 per cent) chose the answer “No, because this promotes unhealthy lifestyle.”
  • However, many respondents (29.8 percent) believe that tobacco and alcohol ads help the magazines to survive: “Yes, because this is an additional revenue stream for printed titles and supports the industry in general.”

The rest of the participants chose the following options:

  • “Yes, because this increases the taxes paid by the publishers to the government” – 14 per cent
  • “No, because it is harmful to the youth” – 12.3 per cent
  • “Yes, but only for high quality brands” – 5.

We hope that our readers find this information interesting and useful, and will participate in future surveys at

PDA Press Service 

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