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Putin assumes total control of the Russian news media

No more fishing for compliments

No more fishing for compliments

Vladimir Putin has just taken another significant step towards reinstating the old Soviet way of doing things.

No more fishing for compliments. Now he can compliment himself without restraint.

The White House is very, very jealous.

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From The New York Times:

With No Notice, Putin Scraps Kremlin News Agencies

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin dissolved one of Russia’s official news agencies, RIA Novosti, along with its international radio broadcaster on Monday, signaling a significant reorganization in state media at a time when Russia’s international reputation has faced criticism over political and human rights and Russian influence in neighboring countries like Ukraine.

The two agencies will be absorbed into a new state organization known as Rossiya Sevodnya, or Russia Today, to be led by a television executive and host, Dmitry K. Kiselyov, who has provoked controversy with starkly homophobic remarks and virulent commentary about foreign conspiracies against Russia.

Mr. Putin’s presidential chief of staff, Sergei B. Ivanov, said the decision was part of an effort to reduce costs and make the country’s state media more efficient, but RIA Novosti’s report on its own demise said the changes “appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector.”

Mr. Putin’s decision appeared to catch the agencies’ employees, even their executives, by surprise. Mr. Putin made the changes by decree without prior notice or public debate, as is often the case here. The decree said that the new agency would focus on providing news about Russia to an international audience; the agency’s directors will be directly appointed by the president’s office.

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3 comments to Putin assumes total control of the Russian news media

  • asombra

    Putin is pathetic, trying WAY too hard to come across like Rambo. It's juvenile, at best, and either he's delusionally vain or seriously insecure. He just looks creepy, like some flasher. What's next, posing for the Russian version of Playgirl? I mean, grow up and act appropriately, already--you're supposed to be a head of state, not Hulk Hogan. But let's face it, Russians reek.

  • asombra

    And of course, Putin's KGB background has no bearing on this at all. Just ancient history.

  • asombra

    Those who were OK with Putin as head of Russia but not Kurt Waldheim as head of Austria are HYPOCRITES.