Sunday, February 4, 2024

Moscow Shuttering Independent Military Media, Prompting Russians to Turn to Western Sources Once Again

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Jan. 31 – Last week, the weekly Independent Military Review (NVO) of Nezavisimaya Gazeta stopped coming out; and earlier, in March 2022, the Military-Industrial Courrier (VPK) did the same, tips of the iceberg of a broader freezing out of such publications in Putin’s Russia directed at patriotic Russians who are interested in military questions.

 Their interest won’t disappear and won’t be satisfied by television. Instead, they will look to the Internet, just as their ancestors at the end of Soviet times looked to Western broadcasts and to copies of Western military journals smuggled in from abroad to satisfy themselves, Aleksandr Shirokorad says (

By forcing NVO, VPK and their counterparts to close, the Moscow historian continues, the Kremlin is shooting itself in the foot. It isn’t protecting military secrets but rather is training Russians to again look abroad for information about military topics, information that he says will bring in Western values as well as news about weapons and wars.


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