The Neo-Soviet Model of the Media
Does the post-Soviet media model-and notably the Russian case-ﬁt more into the
perceived Western notions of the media or does it better reﬂect an updated version of
the Soviet model of the media itself? More critically, what does the development of the
post-Soviet media into an institution that has helped to re-consolidate elite power,
rather than empower citizens, mean for the role of media in society in general? What
can we learn from the Russian case that can help to clarify the general ability of the
media to support-or subvert-democratic institutions?