Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russian Media Ignore Wikileaks Revelations

Posted by Info on 03/12/2010

State-controlled TV is silent on WikiLeaks claims that US diplomats see Russia as a criminal state.
Russia’s leadership and supine television channels were deafeningly silent this morning over revelations that US diplomats view Russia as a corrupt, autocratic kleptocracy.
While details of the cables spread quickly through websites and the blogosphere, television – from which an estimated 70% of Russians get their news – ignored the reports. State-controlled Rossiya made no mention of the allegations in its news broadcast.

Only Rossiya did give over a large segment to Larry King’s interview with the prime minister, Vladimir Putin whowarned that Moscow must agree partnership with Washington over a joint missile defence shield. If not, he said, “Russia will just have to protect itself using various means, including the deployment of new missile systems to counter the new threats to our borders, and the development of new nuclear-missile technology.” Putin added: “We don’t want this. It’s not a threat. We are simply talking about what to expect if we can’t agree to work together.”


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