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The Role of Media in Russian Democracy

20 years ago, Boris Yeltsin ran the first Western-style presidential campaign in Russia. Was it a step towards democracy or did it lay the foundations for further authoritarian rule? By 1996, Yeltsin was already extremely unpopular; how did he manage to get reelected and did the nascent Russian free press play a biased role in the process?

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Jun. 1, 2016
10:00am – 11:00am

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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The Role of Media in Russian Democracy

20 years ago, Boris Yeltsin ran the first Western-style presidential campaign in Russia. Was it a step towards democracy or did it lay the foundations for further authoritarian rule? By 1996, Yeltsin was already extremely unpopular; how did he manage to get reelected and did the nascent Russian free press play a biased role in the process?

Speaker

Natalia Rostova

Nataliya Rostova

George F. Kennan Expert,
Senior Correspondent, Republic.ru
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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more

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