In contemporary Russia, the media scene is one of demoralization of many and struggle to preserve professional standards for fewer. The decade of the Yeltsin administration in the 1990s, though rife with corruption, is viewed by journalists as a ‘golden time’. Compared to what came after, it is accurate. Paradoxically, it was the lack of institutions and the incapacity of the state that allowed more room to manoeuvre, space to adopt new ways, openness to expressions of new sets of values. It is that phenomenon that made the period one of freedom of the press that the journalists snatched from the dying Soviet empire and the chaotic administration of the first years of the Russian Federation.
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