The Internet in Russia

  • Frank Ellis


Socialist autarky and participation in the global exchange of products and services based on IT are mutually incompatible. So Russia’s embracing the Internet is a welcome sign of speedy remove from the Soviet past, and the possibility of any reversal. Compared with the arrival of the Internet in Russia, the changes affecting television programming and the fears expressed about them are far less important than they seem. True, Russian television has experienced major developments, but IT has, as in the West, forced journalists, government agencies, universities, business, wider economic activity and, of course, the private citizen to make huge conceptual leaps from the recent past, in a way in which television has not.


Information Society Free Speech Internet Service Provider Former Soviet Union Electronic Mail 
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© Frank Ellis 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Ellis
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeedsUK

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