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Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics

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ESEP 9:pp3 (2009)  -   doi: 10.3354/esep00099

Russian science journalism: the past and the future

Viola Egikova*

Russian Association for Science Writers and Journalists INTELLECT, Horoshovskoe shosse 50–98, 123007 Moscow, Russia

ABSTRACT: Russia has a rich history of scientific discovery. Before the communist revolution, newspapers published articles on scientific topics, and public lectures on science were popular. Under the Soviet regime, science journalism turned into a refuge for journalists who did not want to write communist propaganda, but the range of topics was restricted by harsh censorship. Today’s Russia faces the choice of what the future of science journalism should be.

KEY WORDS: Science journalism · Russia · Soviet Union

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