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Local TV Reporter Killed In Russia's Far East

January 22, 2007 -- Russian news agencies report that a local television journalist was found dead today in the far eastern city of Vladivostok.

Police said Konstantin Borovko, a presenter for Guberniya television in the city of Khabarovsk, had been beaten to death.

His colleagues said they did not believe the killing was connected to his work. They say he was not working on any sensitive issue.

More than 40 journalists have been killed in Russia in the past 15 years, and few of the murders have been solved, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

In a separate incident, Russian news agencies reported today that a journalist was beaten on January 19 in the city of Partizansk, near Vladivostok.

Tamara Golovanova was beaten in the face and chest by an unidentified assailant who demanded she stop taking pictures of people she was interviewing in connection with an investigation into allegations that a local company was mistreating employees.

Golovanova was hospitalized with a broken nose and a concussion. Police are searching for the assailant.

(AP, AFP, Interfax, ITAR-TASS)

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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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