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Aleksejev, Anton

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Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | 12/12/2013

New news agency evokes Soviet era

Russia's President Vladimir Putin set up a new news agency this week. Named Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today), it is above all meant to boost Russia's image abroad. The liberal daily Eesti Päeveleht draws parallels to the Soviet era and criticises the agency's director Dmitry Kiselyov: "Since today's Russia looks increasingly like the Soviet Union of the Brezhnev era, one shouldn't be surprised when the state news agencies fulfil similar functions to the masters of propaganda back then. ... Kiselyov is quite a character. When Sweden, Poland and Lithuania were preparing the association agreement with Ukraine, he said that they were taking revenge for Poltava. This battle was won by Peter the Great - in 1709."

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | 10/10/2013

Greenpeace activists are victims of piracy

If the 30 Greenpeace activists who were arrested on board the Arctic Sunrise in mid-September in Russia are convicted of piracy they will face up to 15 years in prison. But the real pirates are sitting in Moscow, the Russian correspondent for Estonian Public Broadcasting comments in the liberal daily Eesti Päevaleht. "It was Russian security forces who boarded the ship and forced all those present at gunpoint to disembark in Russian ports, regardless of whether they were members of the crew, Greenpeace activists or simply bystanders. At first glance the Russians' actions may appear exaggerated. But with Pussy Riot too, a five-minute song led to two years in prison. ... The Russian state protects what is dear to it, whether it's the Orthodox Church or Gazprom, at any price. Moscow is acting as if it were under siege, and sees any outside external interference as a deadly threat."

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