Wednesday, October 22, 2014


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Gazprom To Buy Russia's Biggest Newspaper

<div class="caption"><div class="watermark"> <a href="http://gdb.rferl.org/168B2376-8CBF-4969-89F2-4EB9A8DF34D2_mw800_mh600.jpg" rel="ibox" title="\"Komsomolskaya pravda\" (ITAR-TASS)"> <img alt="\"Komsomolskaya pravda\" (ITAR-TASS)" src="http://gdb.rferl.org/168B2376-8CBF-4969-89F2-4EB9A8DF34D2_w203.jpg" class="photo" border="0"></a></div><p>"Komsomolskaya pravda" (ITAR-TASS)</p></div>November 22, 2006 -- The media holding of Russia's state-controlled gas monopoly, Gazprom, plans to buy the country's most widely read newspaper, "Komsomolskaya pravda."


Nikolai Senkevich, the head of Gazprom-Media, said on November 21 that the company expects to complete the deal by early next year.


Gazprom-Media already owns Russia's biggest private television station, NTV, the "Izvestiya" daily, and numerous other media outlets.


"Komsomolskaya pravda" is currently owned by Prof-Media, the media-holding arm of oligarch Vladimir Potanin's Interros group. Prof-Media sold "Izvestiya" to Gazprom-Media in 2005.


Critics say the Kremlin is seeking to squeeze media freedoms by bringing major media outlets under the control of state-run companies.


(Reuters, Interfax)

Russia Beyond 2008

President Putin is mulling his political future (epa)

THE 2008 QUESTION: President Vladimir Putin's second term of office ends in the spring of 2008. Since the Russian Constitution bars him from seeking a third consecutive term, this event threatens to present a crisis in a country that has a history of managed power transitions. Already, Russian politics are dominated by the ominous 2008 question.
     RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a briefing to discuss the prospects of Putin seeking a third term. The featured speakers were RFE/RL Communications Director Don Jensen and political scientist Peter Reddaway of George Washington University.


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