The Kremlin doesn’t interfere with the editorial policy of private or state-owned media.
The Kremlin exercises direct control over the dominant Russian media.
Independent Russian journalists have documented how the Kremlin controls domestic reporting of news, including weekly meetings with the Kremlin where chief editors receive these instructions.
Russia ranks 148th among 179 countries according to the World Press Freedom Index 2018. According to Reporters without Borders: "Between draconian laws and website blocking, the pressure on independent media has grown steadily since Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012. Leading independent news outlets have either been brought under control or throttled out of existence."
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