Television in Russia once allowed a degree of free speech. That was gagged - but now the internet is proving to be the political force which could provide a voice for the everyday citizen, protester, activist, and even offer hope to the future of Russian democracy, writes GIS expert, Professor Stefan Hedlund in this briefing.

IN the 1990s, Russian television was dynamic. It was heavily controlled by various business interests, but it was diverse.

Different points of view could be expressed, as could severe criticism against the Kremlin on matters such as the war in Chechnya.

Under the first two terms of Vladimir Putin’s...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Under the first two terms of Vladimir Putin’s presidency, from 2000 until 2008, Russian television was again reduced to its master’s voice
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