Over 40% of charter subscribers to the new monthly journal BSR Russia - THE MAGAZINE believe international media distort the real picture of Russia. Another 58% believe the international media "somewhat" distort the picture of Russia or are "unsure". Revealing these preliminary figures today BSR publisher John Bonar said the new magazine would provide an independent and balanced view of Russia's politics, economy and business.
A pdf pilot issue of the magazine will be published as a download from the web site www.bsr-Russia in May.
In the latest fiascoes that leading U.S. mainstream media (MSM) call journalism, news reporters continue to distort or ignore the continually-changing Russian reality. Meanwhile, a new reform era continues into its fifth year. I alerted leaders on ROPV to the coming thaw in April 2008, covered the thaw’s predicted gradual progress from summer 2008, and traced its evolution into a perestroika 2.0, and the attendant glasnost 2.0 culminating its first phase in December 2011.
Days before the elections which saw him re-elected as President of Russia, Vladimir Putin invited half a dozen editors-in-chief of foreign newspapers to interview him in Moscow. Among them was James Harding, editor of The Times who questioned Putin on concerns that have been expressed that the Russian leader has “a negative attitude towards Great Britain,”
“This is sheer nonsense,” riposted Putin. “Why should I be on bad terms with London? I like London, it’s a good city and Great Britain is a good country,” he said according to a transcript of the 2 1/2 hour meeting on the Russian government web-site.
Glavkino, a new Russian studio complex situated several miles outside Moscow, lifted its curtain last Thursday with a special screening of patriotic movie "August 8th" for the country's president, Dmitry Medvedev. The 108,000 square foot studios will boast Eastern Europe's biggest sound stage. At 9,800 square foot, it is three times the size of the largest sound stage at Mosfilm, Russia's busiest studios. Medvedev commented, "Now we have our own Hollywood -- it is Glavkino."
By Gordon M. Hahn
A recent article by Alessandra Stanley in the NYT may have broken all records when it comes to the U.S. mainstream media’s grandiose efforts to distort the Russian reality and hide the reforms that have been ongoing in Russia for nearly four years (Alessandra Stanley, “TV in Putin's Russia: Jesters, Strivers and a Longing for Normalcy,” New York Times, 14 February 2012). Writing an overview of Russian television, Stanley managed to write on this subject without one word about the flood of new free-wheeling political talks shows that have appeared on Russian state-run television channels in the last year or so.
In June 2012 BSR will launch a new monthly business magazine bridging UK-Russian business and distributed in Russia and the UK by mail to qualified subscribers free of charge, the company’s CEO John Bonar, who will be publishing editor, announced today. The glossy A4-magazine of 56 pages will include an 8-page local section for each of London and Moscow. Printing will be in London and Moscow with a projected first run of 10,000 copies in each country.