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The Real Russia. Today. How the Russian news media links migrants to violent crime

Source: Meduza

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • International news: Shoigu claims nuclear drills at Russia’s doorstep, and Patrushev comments on refugees in Belarus
  • Opinions on Russia, Ukraine, and the West from Kadri Liik, Tatiana Stanovaya, and Simon Saradzhyan
  • Draft legislation on QR-code vaccine passports has caused a split in the Russian Cabinet — and the Kremlin isn’t too keen on it either
  • Public policy: Putin’s stalled transportation reforms, and executions for vaccine dodgers in Ryazan
  • Study finds that Russia’s pro-Kremlin media is more likely than ‘foreign agent’ news outlets to associate migrants with violent crime
  • Law and order: blocking iStories, acquitting a Jehovah’s Witness but seeking prison for others, Safronov’s second lawyer flees Russia, Sachkov begs Putin to go home, and an environmentalist is attacked in Siberia


Public policy

🛂 QR-code vaccine passports: ‘Nurses’ vs. the ‘economists’ (5-min read)

In mid-November, the State Duma received a package of bills that would require Russians to present QR-code vaccine passports in order to take flights and trains, and access public events, stores, cafes, and restaurants. The two draft laws were submitted by the Russian Cabinet and had the potential to enter force as soon as February 1, 2022. Now, all these plans have stalled — as it turns out, the legislation won’t go to the Duma floor for a vote for another month. Meduza sheds light on the high-level tensions behind this delay.

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Law and order

🧕 News media patterns: Inciting xenophobia (2-min read)

A new joint investigation by iStories and Novaya Gazeta assesses allegations that “foreign agent” media outlets are responsible for “deliberately criminalizing” migrants in news coverage. In late September, a senior police official leveled this accusation, implying that foreign funding fuels popular mischaracterizations of Russia’s migrant community. To test this theory, iStories and Novaya Gazeta used neural network analysis to map the sentiments most often attributed to migrants in news reports over the past two years by Telegram’s most popular pro-government channels (Karaulny, RT, Readovka, Solovyov, Mash, RIA Novosti, and Lenta) and “foreign agent” channels (Meduza, Dozhd, and Mediazona). The evidence contradicts the Interior Ministry’s claims.

Yours, Meduza