Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Radio Liberty Launches Fifth Regional Internet Portal – ‘Severreal.org’ on the Russian Northwest

Paul Goble

            Staunton, September 2 – Оver the last few years, Radio Liberty has made a major contribution to understanding the regions of the Russian Federation, opening reginal web portals devoted to the North Caucasus (kavkazr.com/  and radiomarsho.com), the Middle Volga-Urals region (idelreal.org/), and Siberia and the Far East (idelreal.org/).

            Now, it has launched a fifth, severreal.org, devoted to nine federal subjects in the North-West Federal District of the Russian Federation, an area that includes St. Petersburg and that has attracted more attention recently as a result of protests against Moscow’s plans to open trash dumps there and the nuclear accident at Severodvinsk. 

             Russia’s regions, especially predominantly ethnic Russian ones receive little attention unless they are the sites of protests, violence, scandals, natural or technogenic disasters or a visit by a Moscow official. But just as the United States isn’t Washington and France isn’t Paris, so too Russia isn’t Moscow – and its regions merit more attention in their own right.

            Severreal.org appears set to make a major contribution to such an understanding just as the four the regional portals already have. Russia's regions and the regionalism they are generating are too important to be neglected any longer.

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