Russia-Turkey Work on Reconciliation, While Chinese & Syrian Nationals Acquire Real Estate in Moscow

In this tenth edition of The Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the front page articles from five Russian newspapers: Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Sovietskaya Rossia, and Moskovskaya Pravda. He focuses on the new Russian information security doctrine, the deliberate killing of two Russian nurses in Aleppo by the Syrian militants, the visit of the Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim to Moscow, the public opinion poll on the Soviet legacy, and the trends in the real estate market in Moscow.

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Show Notes

Rossiyskaya Gazeta - Dec 07, 2016

Izvestia - Dec 07, 2016

Nezavisimaya Gazeta - Dec 07, 2016

Sovetskaya Rossiya - Dec 07, 2016

Moscovskaya Pravda – Dec 07, 2016

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  1. I’ve been enjoying this series, have found it quite informative, and to be an excellent example of what Newsbud has to offer which is unique and valuable. That said, with all the recent hype around various sites being labelled as agents of “Russian propaganda”, with few exceptions such as RT being baseless allegations (at times comically so), I find it ironic that an argument could be legitimately made that this series in particular could be labelled as being a prime example. After all, the sources being cited are either government owned or pro-Russia oriented in nature. That’s definitely not how I feel personally and I’m not raising the point out of concern over the idea that Newsbud should worry about, or reconsider any aspects of the podcast (I know that would never happen and this is good =), but I find that at times even the most weak arguments can serve as useful pivot points for thinking introspectively.

    I think a window into the Russian perspective on geopolitical affairs serves as a useful counterbalance to the flatly anti-Russia line of propaganda which is the norm, at least in the United States. However, I think we’d be naive not to expect that any mainstream media outlet, regardless of the country, wouldn’t be functioning at least partly in its capacity as pro-government propaganda which obfuscates the ways in which the government is working in contrast to the best interests of the average citizen. I walk away from these episodes generally feeling sympathetic towards the Russian geopolitical perspective, in part because I’m already predisposed to feeling overly negative and cynical towards US/NATO foreign policy, particularly how it relates to what’s been happening in Syria.

    I’d be interested in more of Prof. Kovacevic’s analysis on the nature in which the Russian media is playing a role, similar to the US mainstream media, in misleading the public with respect to policies which go against the average citizen’s best interests included in the podcasts.

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