Cover Osteuropa 1/2012

In Osteuropa 1/2012

Platitudes for Tula
A Misdiagnosis of Reporting on Russia

Christian Neef

Deutsche Fassung


M. Gathmann and S. Scholl recently criticized the media coverage of Russia. Journalists, they wrote, are fixated on Moscow and pursue “old-style Kremlin astrology”. Those who wish to provide adequate reporting on Russia should head out to the provinces, it was said. Such allegations are unfounded, such claims politically naive. A subjective lack of ability on the part of colleagues is not the problem. It is, rather, the near total absence of transparency in Russian political life that affects coverage.

(Osteuropa 1/2012, pp. 101–108)