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Freedom of Speech in Russia

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This book traces the life of free speech in Russia from the final years of the Soviet Union to the present. It shows how long-che... Weiterlesen
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This book traces the life of free speech in Russia from the final years of the Soviet Union to the present. It shows how long-cherished hopes for an open society in which people would speak freely and tell truth to power fared under Gorbachev's glasnost; how free speech was a real, if fractured, achievement of Yeltsin's years in power; and how easy it was for Putin to reverse these newly won freedoms, imposing a 'patrimonial' media that sits comfortably with old autocratic and feudal traditions. The book explores why this turn seemed so inexorable and now seems so entrenched. It examines the historical legacy, and Russia's culturally ambivalent perception of freedom, which Dostoyevsky called that 'terrible gift'. It evaluates the allure of western consumerism and Soviet-era illusions that stunted the initial promise of freedom and democracy. The behaviour of journalists and their apparent complicity in the distortion of their profession come under scrutiny. This ambitious study covering more than 30 years of radical change looks at responses 'from above' and 'from below', and asks whether the players truly understood what was involved in the practice of free speech.


Daphne Skillen has degrees from London, Sydney and Colorado universities. Her doctorate is from University College London. She has lived and worked in Moscow for many years as a journalist and as a consultant for international development agencies and donors. She has also worked in the former Soviet Union and South-East Asia.



Part I

1. Liberties and Rights

2. Dimensions of Free Speech

3. What Price Free Speech?

4. The Normalisation of Lying

Part II

5. The Gorbachev Era: Glasnost

6. The Coup: Give Freedom a Chance

7. The Yeltsin Era: Free Speech

8. The Putin Regime: Patrimonial Media



Titel: Freedom of Speech in Russia
Untertitel: Politics and Media from Gorbachev to Putin
EAN: 9781317659891
ISBN: 978-1-317-65989-1
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Taylor & Francis
Genre: Ethnologie
Anzahl Seiten: 364
Veröffentlichung: 25.11.2016
Jahr: 2016
Untertitel: Englisch