Russian Culture CRCEES Seminar Series: What Happened Next? Does Russia still Have a Two-Tier Media System?, Wednesday 17th February 2016

17th February 2016, 4pm
University of Glasgow, 8 Lilybank Gardens, CEES Seminar Room

Prof. John Dunn (Honorary Research Fellow), University of Glasgow

This paper is a continuation of an article written in 2011-13, where I suggested that Russia had a two-tier media system, in which some outlets are tightly controlled, while others are conceded a considerable degree of freedom. Since, however, Vladimir Putin returned to the Presidency, and in particular since the beginning of 2014, the political situation in Russia has been characterised by ‘a tightening of the screws’ and by a comprehensive rejection of common European values and standards. This change in the political climate means that the time has come to consider the changes that have taken place in the Russian media in the period 2013-2016 and to ask whether the two-tier system described in the article has survived.


First published: 2 February 2016