Russian Elections

June 14, 1996

Russian President Boris Yeltsin hasn’t always been a friend of the press. He’s often lashed out at journalists for publishing too much bad news about his administration. But now that Yeltsin is running for reelection, against a strong Communist challenger, Russian newspapers and television networks are falling in line behind him. Many journalists fear a communist President would wipe out the press freedoms they now enjoy. The result is an almost totally pro- Yeltsin media environment, raising questions about how free the Russian press really is.

Eric Engleman reports from Moscow


Vladimir Klimenko, journalist.