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(RFE/RL) April 1, 2006 -- An American freelance journalist questioned by police in Daghestan says her interrogators' aim seems to be to identify her sources in Russia's restive North Caucasus region.


Kelly McEvers arrived in Daghestan two weeks ago on a fellowship from Johns Hopkins University to research a story on the region.


In a telephone interview with the Associated Press from Makhachkala today, she said police took her in for long rounds of questioning over the past three days and also confiscated her notebooks, tapes, and computer hard drives.


She said she had been told to return to the regional Interior Ministry headquarters for another round of questioning today.


(AP)

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Floriana Fossato speaking at RFE/RL on March 22 (RFE/RL)

IS THE KREMLIN MOVING IN? On March 22, FLORIANA FOSSATO, a political analyst with University College London who specializes in Russian-media issues, gave a briefing at RFE/RL's Washington headquarters. Fossato noted that there are some 1,500 television companies in the Russia regions, approzimately half of them privately owned. She argued that the tone and detail of national events covered on local television often differs markedly from the way the same events are framed by the more directly controlled national television channels. She outlined Kremlin efforts, including the creation of a new state-owned national television channel for the regions and new advertising regulations, that could signal a concerted effort to make Russia's "information space" more uniform in the run-up to national elections in 2007 and 2008.

Listen to the entire briefing (about 60 minutes):
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See also:

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