Why does the international opinion about what is going on in Russia differ so much from the reality in Russia?

Most likely it depends on the information we are being fed. This information is fundamentally different depending on if your sources are the international press or if it comes from Russian media.

In this post, and in coming daily post, I will try to exemplify those two different feeds – The domestic Russian and the international.

Now, you might say, especially if you are inspired by the international feed, that the view on Russia you can get from the domestic media is not the real truth due to the perceived censoring from the authorities (i.e. Kremlin). Such a comment can, however, just as well be turned around and be used on the international feed, which, for sure, also is influenced by different governments political ambitions regarding their relationship with Russia.

Anyhow, I will try to be as objective as possible and stick to the facts in order for you to get the image of both sides.

Here is the first comparison between what people in Russia are being fed with about news in their country and what people abroad are being fed with about Russia.

As most days before, there is virtually no overlap. This explains to a large extent the skewed image foreigners who are not familiar with Russia or the Russian language have of Russia.

As always, the Russian domestic headlines are gathered by RIA Novosti and the foreign news about Russia comes from Google News US edition.


Russian Press at a Glance, Thursday, August 15, 2013

10:30 15/08/2013

A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today


Over 67 percent of Muscovites would vote for acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin should mayoral elections be held this Sunday, while just 13 percent would support his closest rival, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, according to a VTsIOM opinion poll.



The government is pushing its natural monopolies to make their investment programs transparent.


Russia’s Federal Customs Service has tightened control of freight traffic from Ukraine. Experts say the move is part of Russia’s strong-arm tactics to force Ukraine to join the Moscow-led Customs Union, and represents the start of a full-on trade war.

(Kommersant, Moskovsky Komsomolets, RBC Daily)

Eurocement, the country's largest producer of building material, has set out on an offensive against competing supplies from Turkey and Iran. The company's newest 17 billion ruble ($524 million) plant, which boasts some of the world's largest cement mills, will help replace 80 percent of imports from these countries, Eurocement chief Mikhail Skorokhod said.

(The Moscow Times)

Current measures to counter outflow of capital from Russia through false import schemes from the Customs Union states of Belarus and Kazakhstan are not working. The Russian Central Bank now insists on Russian banks’ refusing in principle to conduct such dubious operations for their clients.


State technology corporation Rostec and Canadian aircraft producer Bombardier are nearing an agreement to assemble Bombardier's Q400 regional turboprop in Russia.

(The Moscow Times)


Migrant labor generates up to 8 percent of Russia's GDP, experts say.

(Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)

Supporters of mayoral hopeful Alexei Navalny were struggling to find answers over a recent incident when police forced their way into a central Moscow apartment to seize what they said were illegal campaign materials.

(The Moscow Times)


Amendments have been introduced to traffic rules aimed to allow drivers to use bus lanes at night. Currently, drivers may only use them on holidays and weekends.



A center in the central Russian city of Ulyanovsk, destined to provide transit for the withdrawal of NATO equipment from Afghanistan remains unpopular with its intended users. NATO countries have not yet signed a single contract with Russian carriers authorized to serve the city, claiming Russian companies are charging excessive prices. A Russian source claimed the alliance simply does not want to be dependent on Moscow.



Russia suffered a humiliating 1-0 defeat in a football match against Northern Ireland in Belfast. The loss is a setback to Russia's attempts to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

(Argumenty i Fakty, Kommersant, Moskovsky Komsomolets)

For more details on all the news in Russia today, visit our website at http://en.ria.ru.

Here are today's International news about Russia according to Google News.

As expected they are mainly about the law on “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors” and Edward Snowden.


Russia – Google News 

TODAY 15 August 2013

Brian Stewart: How Snowden revelations help fuel Russia's spy machine – CBC.ca

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Montreal demonstration decries Russia's anti-gay laws – CBC.ca

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Dance Music Fights Russia's Anti-Gay Campaign With Partying – SPIN

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American athlete Nick Symmonds slams Russia's gay ‘propaganda' law – GlobalPost

American athlete Nick Symmonds slams Russia's gay ‘propaganda' lawGlobalPostAmerican middle-distance runner Nick Symmonds appears to be the first Olympic athlete to publicly challenge Russia's controversial ban against gay “propaganda” while inside the country, Russian media reported. Symmonds dedicated a silver medal he …

Athletes keep eyes on track, off Russia's gay crackdown at world championships – Toronto Star

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Move 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia – Baltimore Sun

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Andy Cohen Boycotting Miss Universe Pageant in Russia, Saying It's ‘Unsafe … – Hollywood Reporter

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Martin Paterson rises to give Northern Ireland famous win over Russia – The Guardian

The GuardianMartin Paterson rises to give Northern Ireland famous win over RussiaThe GuardianMartin Paterson's first-half header ended Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill's long wait for a victory as his side recorded a well-earned win over Russia. O'Neill's first nine matches in charge of the national side had yielded five draws and four …

Russian leech farm supplies doctors who trust an ancient therapy – Los Angeles Times

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FIFA asks 2018 World Cup host Russia to clarify anti-gay law – CBC.ca

CBC.caFIFA asks 2018 World Cup host Russia to clarify anti-gay lawCBC.caFIFA has asked authorities in 2018 World Cup host Russia for “clarification and more details” about a new anti-gay law, joining the International Olympic Committee in seeking answers from Moscow. Legislation prohibiting “propaganda of nontraditional …

U.S. Runner Speaks Out Against Russia's “Serious Injustices” In Moscow – BuzzFeed

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Soccer World Cup 2018 host Russia is asked to explain anti-gay law – Los Angeles Times

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Andy Cohen Turns Down Miss Universe Hosting Gig in Russia – E! Online

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UPDATE 1-Russia's Rostec says close to joint venture with Bombardier – Reuters

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Northern Ireland 1-0 Russia: Paterson strike secures stunning first win for O … – Goal.com

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Russia Not Only Country With Anti-Gay Laws – National Geographic

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Live Text Commentary – BBC Sport

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Russia's anti-gay crackdown raises concerns for Olympics – MSNBC

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Russia raids Navalny supporters over ‘dirty' campaign – Fox News

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