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Putin Dissolves State News Agency, Tightens Grip On Media

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http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/12/09/uk-russia-media-idUKBRE9B810420131209

Vladimir Putin tightened his hold on Russia's media on Monday by dissolving the main state news agency, seen by hawks as too liberal, and creating a new outlet to improve Moscow's image under a more conservative editor.

The abolition of RIA Novosti, as well as international radio station Voice of Russia, and establishment of a news agency to be called Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today) is part of efforts to strengthen the president's authority after protests against him.

It is also designed to improve Russia's international standing after growing Western criticism of its record on human rights and democracy, and accusations, which it denies, of bullying neighbours such as Ukraine.

Political analyst Pavel Salin said the decision was probably a result of Kremlin turf wars and a victory for the conservatives. It sidelines liberal RIA Novosti Chief Editor Svetlana Mironyuk and promotes a TV presenter accused of making homophobic remarks on air to lead the new agency.

Putin taking greater control.

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Small man syndrome.

When am I going to get my 15 minutes of power?

In 1991, the West had the perfect opportunity to bury the hatchet with the Russians. Instead, they sent Harvard-trained economists in to help the oligarchs loot the country. Russian military power collapsed and the West went back on Bush 41's pledge to Gorbachev that NATO would not expand eastwards. Not only did NATO expand but so did the EU.

Putin was the inevitable result, a former member of the 1st Directorate of the KGB, concerned with counter-espionage and international policy. It is clear that a significant number of the Russian elite did not want Russia to be dismantled.

Putin himself has accused the West of seeking a Carthaginian peace in relation to Russia. Recall that it was not enough for the Romans to capture Carthage, they destroyed it and sowed salt in the soil to prevent anything from growing again.

I thought Putin and Sergie Lavrov acted in a grand diplomatic manner when they pushed the deal through for peace on Syria, much against the insane wishes of William Hague, John Kerry, Hitlery Clinton et al.

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In 1991, the West had the perfect opportunity to bury the hatchet with the Russians. Instead, they sent Harvard-trained economists in to help the oligarchs loot the country. Russian military power collapsed and the West went back on Bush 41's pledge to Gorbachev that NATO would not expand eastwards. Not only did NATO expand but so did the EU.

Putin was the inevitable result, a former member of the 1st Directorate of the KGB, concerned with counter-espionage and international policy. It is clear that a significant number of the Russian elite did not want Russia to be dismantled.

Putin himself has accused the West of seeking a Carthaginian peace in relation to Russia. Recall that it was not enough for the Romans to capture Carthage, they destroyed it and sowed salt in the soil to prevent anything from growing again.

I thought Putin and Sergie Lavrov acted in a grand diplomatic manner when they pushed the deal through for peace on Syria, much against the insane wishes of William Hague, John Kerry, Hitlery Clinton et al.

Agree completely. And that's before we get into America placing military bases and missile silos on the Russian borders - attempting to encircle a nation with an historic fear of encirclement.

I would say Russia has much more to fear from the West, and in particular the US, than most believe. Putin is the right man at the right time and is proving to be virtually the only barrier to outright American domination (invading Syria etc etc).

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