Russian Journalists Fear Navalny’s PR is Going the Trump Way

Russian opposition figure and presidential candidate Alexei Navalny has been hailed for its effective use of social networks to circumvent a de facto ban on Russia’s state media. “Navalny at 8.18pm”, a new weekly show broadcasted live on Youtube, has already managed to attract a significant audience. But the deputy editor-in-chief of opposition-friendly radio “Ekho Moskvy” is now complaining that Navalny is also using his platform on social media as a way  to avoid answering questions from journalists. Continue reading “Russian Journalists Fear Navalny’s PR is Going the Trump Way”

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[ARTICLE] ‘Spiteful Tongues’: How Telegram became the go-to place for Russian political gossip

Russian political scientist Leonid Davidov enjoys a large following on the web, with nearly 60 000 followers on Twitter, 19 000 on Vkontakte and 36 000 people on Facebook reading his various analyses on regional politics.

But the 19 000 people who follow him on Telegram come for something different, that Davidov only shares on the messaging app: short messages that usually start with “spiteful tongues are saying that…”, and then give the latest rumours on upcoming promotions or firing of state officials, or more generally on events about Russian politics.

The rumours don’t always materialize, but they do hit the mark sometimes: on the 2d of February, “Davidov.index”, the name of his channel, wrote that the governor of the Perm region would not run in the next elections. Three anonymous sources told the same thing to the Rain TV station on the 5th, before the governor officially announced it on the 6th.

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