State information contracts: the economic leverage of regional media control in Russia

Olga Dovbysh, Oscar Mukhametov

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This research investigates media control in
non-democratic regimes through the example of state
information contracts, a leading form of state support for
regional media outlets in today’s Russia. Using statistics
on such contracts signed in 42 Russian regions in the
period from 2011 to 2014, together with qualitative
interviews with local media professionals, the article
explores the role of these contracts in the regional
media sphere and scrutinizes how they became an
effective and stable tool for disciplining journalists and
instrumentalizing the media in Russian regions during
the 2010s. The research explores the transition from
direct to structural control, as well as discussing the
contextual differences between state interventions in
the form of subsidies in democratic regimes and state
contracts in non-democratic regimes such as Russia’s.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)367-391
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Russian and Eurasian Studies

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