Dependence Of Political Orientations Of Rural Newspapers On Social And Economic Changes


The article describes the influence of economic and social relations on the financial situation and political orientations of the rural district newspapers of Western Siberia in 1990-2000. In this period, in the Russian Federation, there was a radical reform of the economic system, including the agricultural sector. The reorganization of agriculture took place in the context of political confrontations. The article attempts to analyze the impact of economic conditions and political processes on editorial teams, which are both translators of information and popularizers of various economic concepts and political views. Rural district publications were funded from the local budgets and distributed by mail subscription. The reform of the system of government in 1990–1993 led both to the formal independence of publications from communist orientations and lack of financial support in the spontaneous market. In the 1990s, most villagers did not support radical agricultural reforms. This was a consequence of the activities of the editorial staff of rural newspapers. An analysis of the activities of editorial teams identified two regions that are indicative of the development of the rural district press: Omsk region and the Altai Territory. By the early 2000s, rural newspapers had lost their influence as a result of the activities of regional authorities, changes in the position of agricultural farmers and reorganization of media structures. The rural voters gave their political preferences to the United Russia party.

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Novikov, S. V., Skosyreva, N. D., & Novikov, M. S. (2022). Dependence Of Political Orientations Of Rural Newspapers On Social And Economic Changes. In & I. Savchenko (Ed.), Freedom and Responsibility in Pivotal Times, vol 125. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences (pp. 1115-1122). European Publisher.