Editor’s Note: Alexei Venediktov was not able to send updates because of the repressive and dangerous climate in Russia regarding the media. However, DEADLINE ON DEMOCRACY filmmaker Cal Skaggs has been able to garner some news.
Skaggs reports: Alexei Venediktov struggles against Russia’s increasingly restrictive media policies, as President Putin takes more and more control of information. Venediktov recalls that when an independent press was born in Russia after the Soviet Union fell in 1991, Ekho Moskvy was the first non-government radio station created—now it struggles against both the Kremlin and the KGB, and their declarations that any information be kept confidential.
Read more by and about Alexei Venediktov and his work:
U.S. Department of State: Interview With Aleksey Venediktov of Ekho Moskvy Radio
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