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Journalist Country Report Russia basic information such as, major industries, , etc., such as might be found in a CIA country report. However, it must also include current political/social issues, media policies, dangers and contacts that might be useful Basic Info: Population 142,423,773 Ethnic Makeup Russian 77.7%, Tatar 3.7%, Ukrainian 1.4%, Bashkir 1.1%, Chuvash 1%, Chechen 1%, other 10.2%, unspecified 3.9% Languages spoken Russian (official) 96.3%, Dolgang 5.3%, German 1.5%, Chechen 1%, Tatar 3%, other 10.3% Religions Russian Orthodox 15-20%, Muslim 10-15%, other Christian 2% Median age 38.9 years (female 41.9 years, male 36 years) Birth rate 11.6 births/ 1,000 population Death rate 13.69 deaths/ 1,000 population Population growth rate -0.04% Net Migration Rate 1.69 migrants/ 1,000 population Infant mortality rate 6.97 deaths/ 1,000 live births Life expectancy rate 70.47 years (female 76.57 years, male 64.7 years) Contraceptive Usage 68% of women age 15-44 Rate Years of education 15 years (including time spent at university) Unemployment rate 5.1% Gross domestic product $3.565 trillion (in US dollars) (GDP) purchasing power parity GDP official exchange $1.857 trillion (in US dollars) rate GDP per capita (PPP) $24,800 (in US dollars) Labor force 75.25 million peopel Population below 11% of population poverty line Public debt 13.4% of GDP Inflation rate 11.4% Military expenses 3.49% of GDP Table Source from: CIA World Factbook Government: Russia’s government is considered a federation. The president is Vladimir Putin. The prime minister is Dmitry Medvedev. The capital of the country is Moscow. State of the Press: According to the CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists), Russia has had 56 journalists killed within the last 23 years and 36 journalists murdered, but has not actively investigated the murder of journalists. According to the alerts from the CPJ, journalists are frequent targets and have been regularly beaten. Censorship is a huge concern in Russia, with Russia being considered one of the worst countries. According to a freedom house report, on a scale from 0 to 100, with 0 having the best press freedom and 100 the worst, Russia is ranked at 81. Corruption: Corruption is a big problem in Russia. Citizens are well aware of the problem, and feel they can’t trust the government, especially since any “real” news is normally suppressed. In my interview with Seda Makarova, she expressed concerns about how unaware she was of the situation involving the military. Ethnic conflict: Ethnic conflict has been a continuous problem for the last few centuries because of the diversity and broadness of culture, since there are close to 200 different ethnic groups. More recently in the 1990’s, there were conflicts with Muslims and Christians. Good stories: Good story ideas would involve the government corruption, military, anti-gay movement by the government, dealings with Iran and Syria Social: Music has a long historical cultural importance, especially folk music. The balalaika is one of the traditional instruments that has been used in many folk songs. Fish products (such as caviar) and poultry are part of the traditional cuisine, which is highly regarded. Russian ballet is another important cultural marker of th th Russia, with its international reputation being highly regarded. The 17 and 18 century was an important time for Russian literature, with greats such as Anton Chekhov. Movies have had a lesser impact than in other European countries, due to a long standing Soviet presence.
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