Mafia Thwarts `Golden Age' of Russian Media Journalists Enjoyed New Freedoms Following the Collapse of Communism, but the New Business Environment Is Proving as Restrictive as the Old System
Wendy Sloane,, The Christian Science Monitor
EARLIER this year, a mysterious fax began appearing in the offices of Russia's leading politicians, bankers, and businessmen.
For a specific fee, the fax read, influential politicians, personalities, or commercial enterprises could be publicized in articles in any of Russia's 15 leading newspapers and magazines. A price list followed.
Such a scam may seem incredible at first. But when news of the fax leaked to Russia's top newspaper editors and publishers, they were not surprised. "If you read a Russian newspaper or magazine and there is a story about a business or a shop, then 9 times out of 10 that story has been paid for," says Derk Sauer, who publishes both …
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Publication information: Article title: Mafia Thwarts `Golden Age' of Russian Media Journalists Enjoyed New Freedoms Following the Collapse of Communism, but the New Business Environment Is Proving as Restrictive as the Old System. Contributors: Wendy Sloane, - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: July 2, 1994. Page number: 9. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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