Vladimir Putin Tightens State Media Control, Appoints Homophobe to Run Restructured Agency


President Vladimir Putin is dissolving the state-run news agency RIA Novosti in a reorganization, that agency reports:

PutinNews agency RIA Novosti and the state-owned Voice of Russia radio will be scrapped and absorbed into a new media conglomerate called Rossiya Segodnya, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin. The move is the latest in a series of shifts in Russia’s news landscape, which appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector.

In a separate decree published Monday, the Kremlin appointed Dmitry Kiselyov, a prominent Russian television presenter and media manager recently embroiled in a scandal over anti-gay remarks, to head Rossiya Segodnya.

You may recall that Kiselyov, Deputy General Director of the Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, made remarks dehumanizing gays on a broadcast by the state-owned network Rossiya 1 in August.

Said Kiselyov, who received applause for his remarks:

"I think that just imposing fines on gays for homosexual propaganda among teenagers is not enough. They should be banned from donating blood, sperm. And their hearts, in case of the automobile accident, should be buried in the ground or burned as unsuitable for the continuation of life."

Putin's decree transferred all property of RIA Novosti to Russia Today (RT), effective immediately.


  1. Paul R says

    Wow, he seems like a master of medicine. As if nearly all corpses aren’t buried or burned. Not many organ donations come from people killed in car accidents. Russia seems to be running its own It Gets Worse campaign.

  2. JackFknTwist says

    Repeat comment !
    The Russians are exposing themselves as the New Fascists.
    What the hell are we doing going to the Sovhi games under the cloud of repeat Fascism?
    We saw where all this anti minority manipulation leads. We must have learned something from our own ignorance and passivity in the thirties……we must have learned something from the 1936 Olympics……what were we doing there…….we need to emphasise the seriousness of the bigotry by drawing attention through boycotts.
    Now what did Elton John say ? [as if anyone gives a $h1t ?]

  3. Gregory In Seattle says

    It is pretty sad that the president of a supposedly democratic country can rule by decree.

    The reason behind this seems to be that the previous, now abolished, official news agency tended to have a decidedly anti-Putin slant, favoring the opposition party.

  4. Hey Darlin' says

    ALL media coverage is controlled in some other countries. No one is to have a differing viewpoint than the one advancing the token cause of the ruler/majority party. This is especially true in countries where the perspective of the leaders may not be that of the people.

    We really don’t see the value in our opinion until we can no longer have one.

  5. MaddM@ says

    see, this is why a free press is vital to a democratic society. It also proves that Russia is not a democratic society in any way despite having a “president” that is “elected” (big quotes on that last one)

    we should start referring to Russia as what it is- a Fascist country we should not be supporting

  6. DW says

    @Gregory in Seattle: There is nothing remotely democratic about the Putin regime. He stole the last election, at the very least, and is corrupt and authoritarian to the core. Sadly, Russia does not seem ready for democracy.

  7. THurts says

    Putin’s oligarchy has its hands on everything in that country. It is a democracy in name only at this point.

  8. says

    Kiselev only yesterday gave a virulently anti-Ukrainian and anti-EU rant on TV, so we see who gets promoted and how.

    Official Russian news on Ukraine tries to present the huge masses of demonstrators as
    a) small in number and
    b) made up of neo-fascists, Russophobes, anti-Semites, and gays

    There are all kinds of jokes going around Russian language social media about the coverage. The locals in Kiev have been going up to Russian reporters on the streets and demanding that they tell the truth or alternately handing them Oscars (really!) for their fictional reporting.

    “Dmitry Kiselev just announced that an old woman went out onto the Maidan, became a homosexual, shouted ‘Heil Hitler!’ and died.”

    (They always end with “and died” because that’s what happens in the EU, where children are stolen and given to pedophile groups or sold for their organs, etc., etc…)

    [On the other hand, that statue of Lenin WAS apparently taken down by far-right radicals that we probably shouldn’t be applauding.]

  9. anon says

    Contemporary Russia is built primarily on oil money and oil over $100 per barrel is propping them up (along with EU countries like Norway and the UK). Eventually, this money will start to turn against the repression there, but it will take a long time.

  10. jamal49 says

    Things will only get worse in Russia for the LGBTQ community. And we’re powerless to do anything about it except keep exposing and publicizing what is happening in Russia.

  11. emjayay says

    Putin is just going farther and farther into making Russia a combination of what they are historically used to, Czarist and Totalitarian Communist (without the commune part, but with everything else). Not quite the same as Fascist I don’t think.

    The rest of the developed world is moving generally in the opposite direction and one would expect Russia after 70 years of a rejected totalitarian regime that replaced an aristocratic type dictatorship to also move in a more open and tolerant and democratic direction. But somehow it’s just going backwards on all counts. Pretty soon it will be a high tech Middle Ages there.

  12. lookyloo says

    Is this story being reported in rightwing ‘news’ outlets in the U.S.?

    Because a contingent of righties in America have some weird crush on Putin as of late – with his shirtless hunting and somehow making Obama look wimpy on Syria or some such nonsense…

    I just wonder how they’ll handle their fluttering hearts regarding his actions here.. Ya know, because they also claim to love a free-press and speech and whatnot.