President Vladimir Putin tightened his control over Russia’s media on Monday by dissolving the main state news agency and replacing it with an organization that is to promote Moscow’s image abroad.
The move to abolish RIA Novosti and create a news agency to be known as Rossiya Segodnya is the second in two weeks strengthening Putin’s hold on the media as he tries to reassert his authority after protests against his rule.
Most Russian media outlets are already loyal to Putin, and opponents get little air time, but the shake-up underlined their importance to Putin keeping power and the Kremlin’s concern about the president’s ratings and image.
……”The main focus of … Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today) is to highlight abroad the state policy and public life of the Russian Federation,” said a decree signed by Putin.
……the new organization has strong similarities to APN, a Soviet-era news agency whose role included writing articles about “the social-economic and cultural life of the Soviet people and items reflecting Soviet society’s point of view on important internal and international events”.
……Rossiya Segodnya’s focus on building up Russia abroad could solidify Putin’s grip on information by further limiting sources of news for Russians whose TV screens are dominated by state-controlled channels.
Vladimir Putin engineered his return to power through corruption, intimidation, murder, and setting up Dmitry Medvedev as a temporary sockpuppet. He intends to stay in power or at least have a strong influence as long as he likes.
Adding to the bad situation, we are stuck with a pussy in the White House, whom Putin owns on a regular basis. There’s no external pressure from the Euros or the Obama regime to continue the strides toward freedom that started in 1989.
The Russians have had the last 23 years to transform into a nation of freedom and prosperity. Instead, it’s been rife with Russian mafia, political malfeasance, suppression of rights, and the return of a KGB thug who skulked in the wings for his reentry to power. Modern Russia is looking more like the old Soviet Union.