chapter  3
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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?