Media Matters: A Look into the Use of Media in Russia at the End of the Twentieth Century
"Liberty sets the mind free, fosters independence and unorthodox thinking and ideas. But it does not offer instant prosperity or happiness and wealth to everyone. This is something that politicians in particular must keepin mind."
Today Russians find themselves living a life more and morereminiscent of the ones they led during the heydays of communism, eventhough the Soviet Union has collapsed. This collapse of the Soviet Unionopened doors to the public about the private matters of the past century,people were taken out from underneath the red shadow of ignorance andcompliance and many were suddenly hungry for answers, independence andfreedoms. Russian historical documents were uncovered and published andthe people wanted to know the intricate details of their past. The periodbetween the years 1989-1999 was a time of discovery and revelation, but bythe time President Vladimir Putin took control in 1999 that feeding frenzy of interest in history had started to be replaced with apathy and numbness tothe past.
In seven short years President Vladimir Putin has managed toguide Russian life away from the freedoms so shortly enjoyed under hispredecessor back to a more authoritarian and repressed way of life. This newauthoritarianism is especially evident in Putin’s handling of the briefly
Boris Yeltsin. As quoted in Daniel C. Diller ed.
Russia and the Independent States.
Congressional Quarterly: Washington, D.C., 1993.
Catherine Merridale, “Redesigning History in Contemporary Russia.” Journal of Contemporary History 38, no. 1 (2003): 18.