Russia In The Time Of Coronavirus, Part VI

Brian Whitmore

24 April 2020

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The more things change, the more things stay the same. Like, for example, the ongoing destruction of independent media and free discourse in Vladimir Putin's Russia.

In many ways, the creeping destruction of the respected independent business daily Vedomosti looks familiar. We have, after all, seen this movie before. We've seen it with NTV early in Putin's rule. We've seen it with once-venerable outlets like Izvestia and Kommersant. And we've seen holdouts like Ekho Moskvy and DozhdTV squeezed and pressured.

Listen to the
Power Vertical Podcast as Brian Whitmore, Maria Snegovaya, and Donald N. Jensen discuss the tale of Vedomosti amid the pandemic, a moment when independent and reliable information is even more essential than ever.


The Power Vertical is a CEPA podcast covering the Kremlin for Kremlin watchers. All opinions are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the position or views of the institutions they represent or the Center for European Policy Analysis. 

Intro Audio Clip: "Message from the President to the Federal Assembly" via the Kremlin under CC BY 4.0. 

Photo: By Elijah O'Donnell on Unsplash.


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