It seems that Russia’s economic troubles may be starting to hinder the Kremlin’s use of electronic media to push its agenda.
With little fanfare, the Moscow-backed media outlet Russia Direct ceased operations this past March. Founded in 2013 and funded by the official government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Russia Direct, according to former editor-in-chief Pavel Koshkin, strove for a more balanced, analytical approach than other Russian outlets, such as RT or Sputnik.
“Russia Direct was launched four years ago as an attempt to create a platform for dialogue between Russia and the US,” Koshkin told EurasiaNet.org, adding that the outlet “sought to build bridges between Russian and American expert communities and create a place that could convert these two monologues into one dialogue.”
“Ostensibly, the budgetary considerations and funding issues were the key and first reason [for the outlet’s closure],” Koshkin added. “Probably, it was both money and politics.”
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