November 25, 2008

Seminar: Russian Media and Security Services

On December 4, the International Centre for Defence Studies held a seminar titled “Russian Media and Security Services” at Reval Hotel Olümpia. During the seminar and the following discussion, Natalia Morar and Andrei Soldatov analysed the use of the Russian media system for propaganda and information warfare.

On December 4, the International Centre for Defence Studies held a seminar titled “Russian Media and Security Services” at Reval Hotel Olümpia. During the seminar and the following discussion, Natalia Morar and Andrei Soldatov analysed the use of the Russian media system for propaganda and information warfare.

On December 4, the International Centre for Defence Studies held a seminar titled “Russian Media and Security Services” at Reval Hotel Olümpia.

During the seminar and the following discussion, Natalia Morar and Andrei Soldatov analysed the use of the Russian media system for propaganda and information warfare. Is it an easy or a complicated task for journalists to report on the overlap between the Russian security services and the economic sphere? How do the security services use the media? Can journalists use the security services to their own advantage? These were the key issues of the seminar.

Investigative journalist Natalia Morar works for a liberal Russian weekly The New Times. In her articles published in The New Times in 2007, she described a money-laundering scheme, which involved a number of Russian top officials, including the then Deputy Director of the FSB, Alexander Bortnikov (now the Director of the FSB). Among other things, she has also uncovered illegal financing schemes, which the Kremlin allegedly used to control Russian political parties. Morar, who is a Moldovan citizen, but also a permanent resident of Russia and whose husband is a Russian citizen, was refused entry into Russia at the end of 2007. From then on, she has been living and working in Chisinau.

Investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov focuses on the news concerning security and terrorism. Since 2004, he has been covering the topics of intelligence agencies and espionage in various publications in Moscow. He participates regularly in the broadcasts of Radio Free Europe and BBC.

The seminar was moderated by Kadri Liik.

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