The Russian Peculiarity

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Outright censorship is not the only challenge facing critical Russian journalists. Some dissident voices and investigative reporters are silenced, but others are just ignored. The Russian public has been largely apathetic, with little appetite for tenacious journalism. Reporters, editors, journalist advocates, former propagandists and current state supporters explain the stakes and costs of freedom of the press.

Vladimir Posner was an unofficial Soviet spokesperson during the Cold War. He’s now a free-speech proponent.

Anastasia Izumskaya quit the Russia News Service after being told that a half of her stories would have to be "positive."

Igor Yakovenko is the head of the Russian Union of Journalists, with more then 100,000 members throughout Russia.

Oleg Panfilov is a journalist, historian and founder of the Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations.

Sergei Sokolov is the deputy editor of Novaya Gazeta which, since 2000, has lost three reporters under suspicious circumstances.

Andrei Richter is the director of the Moscow Media Law and Policy Center.

Alexander Prokhanov is a newspaper publisher and an ultra-nationalist commentator for radio station Echo Moskvy.