While there is a great deal of coverage of formal, state-to-state US-Russian relations in the mainstream American media, there has been much less coverage about the lives of ordinary Russians.
The Russia Project moves beyond stereotypes and puts a human face on Russia's challenges. It contains these elements:
A Web site www.russiaproject.org providing unique, in-depth reporting, original photojournalism, additional material on the radio stories, and interactive opportunities.
"Russia: Ten Years After the Soviet Collapse"
The people of Russia are the best mirror of a nation. Yuri was a radio reporter who ended up founding Moscow's largest rock station. Andre's entire factory almost closed when the bosses were caught stealing company assets. Meet them and other ordinary Russians that producer Reese Erlich interviewed in 1990 and learn how their lives have paralleled the achievements and disasters of the new Russia. Walter Cronkite also reminisces about his years as a foreign correspondent in Moscow.
"Russia: Can This Be Democracy?"
Walter Cronkite hosts correspondents' reports on a potential nuclear and environmental disaster, chaos in the Russian military, the human toll of the war in Chechnya, the fate of Soviet dissidents, and a looming battle against American pop culture. Cronkite and Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner compare press freedom in Russia and the United States.
"Russia: Can This Be Democracy?" will feed Monday, December 3, 2001, at 1600-1659 (ET) on channel A68.1S.
Both documentaries are also available to stations on broadcast quality CDs.
Stations may air either one of the documentaries, or both, through Sunday, March 31, 2002.
Stations may excerpt segments from the documentaries if attribution to the Russia Project is provided.
All carriage must be reported to the Ken Mills Agency prior to broadcast.
The foundation also produces Common Ground, radio's weekly program on world affairs, and World Press Review, a monthly magazine that provides readers with a succinct view of the political and economic climate outside of the United States.
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