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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Putin vs. The Press (full documentary) | FRONTLINE

Since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin and his government have carried out an intense crackdown on the press — banning more than 300 Russian journalists, labeling them “foreign agents,” and threatening anyone who calls the Ukraine conflict an invasion or act of war with up to 15 years in prison.

The Russian government branded Muratov, one of a dwindling number of independent journalists still in Russia, a “foreign agent” in early September 2023. With unique access, this timely documentary follows Muratov as he fights to keep his independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, alive and his reporters safe amid the government’s tightening grip on independent reporting.

“Putin vs. the Press” is an Oxford Films Production for GBH/FRONTLINE and Channel 4. The director is Patrick Forbes. The producers are Yelena Durden-Smith and Vanessa Tuson. The senior producer is Dan Edge. The editor-in-chief and executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.

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