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Russia's Liberal Media

Handcuffed but Free, 1st Edition

By Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova


222 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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This book examines the challenges and pressures liberal journalists face in Putin's Russia. It presents the findings of an in-depth qualitative study, which included ethnographic observations of editorial meetings during the conflict in Ukraine. It also provides a theoretical framework for evaluating the Russian media system and a historical overview of the development of liberal media in the country. The book focuses on some of Russia’s most influential liberal national news outlets: "the deadliest" newspaper Novaya Gazeta, "Russia’s last independent radio station" Radio Echo of Moscow (Ekho Moskvy) and US Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The fieldwork included ethnographic observations of editorial meetings, long interviews with editors and journalists as well as documentary analysis. The monograph makes theoretical contributions to three main areas: 1. Media systems and terms of reference. 2. Journalism: cultures, role conceptions, and relationship with power, culture and society. 3. Mediatisation of conflict and nationhood.

Table of Contents


1. The Mass Media in Putin’s Russia

2. Conceptualizing Russian Media and Journalism: A Theoretical Framework

3. Russia’s Deadliest Newspaper: The History of Novaya Gazeta

4. Novaya Gazeta Today: Practices, Challenges and Role Perceptions

5. Russia’s "Last Independent Radio": The History of Radio Ekho Moskvy

6. Radio Ekho Moskvy Today: Challenges, Practices and Role Perceptions

7. From Behind the Iron Curtain: Brief History of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

8. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Today: Challenges, Practices and Role Perceptions

Conclusion: Handcuffed but Free: Russia’s Liberal Media

About the Author

Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova is a Senior Lecturer in Communications and Media Studies at the University of Liverpool, UK. She is the author of Global Journalism: An Introduction (with Michael Bromley, 2018).

About the Series

Routledge Research in Journalism

This series is our home for innovative research in journalism. It includes monographs and edited collections that provide insight into a field that faces the challenges of an ever-evolving news and media environment.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Media & Internet
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies