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New Blog Fills Void in U.S. Media Coverage of Russian Affairs

SEATTLE, JULY 12 – “The mainstream media in the U.S. and Russia do a poor job of reporting on issues that impact U.S. / Russian relations – attributable in part to the limited amount of space in most major newspapers,” said Yuri Mamchur, a Foreign Policy Fellow at Discovery Institute and a Russian national. “So we’ve launched Russiablog to report news items that are otherwise ignored and to examine what they mean for the future of democracy in Russia and the former Soviet republics.”

Analysis and commentary on the future of democracy in Russia and Eastern Europe is the focus of russiablog.org, a project of Discovery Institute’s Foreign Affairs program. Beyond examining headlines, the goal of the site is to deliver the story-behind-the-story in modern-day Russia – including political analysis of the country’s social and business structure, demographics, history and people. Mamchur is the primary contributor to russiablog.org, though other Russian journalists, entrepreneurs, former government officials and other scholars will contribute to the site.

“Russiablog will serve as a resource for those who are doing business in Russia, those who are studying Russian affairs and those who simply have an interest in current events in that part of the world,” added Mamchur.

Russiablog.org is part of a larger effort by Discovery Institute’s Foreign Affairs program to bring attention to underreported foreign policy issues. Another Foreign Policy Fellow, James J. Na, writes on issues in Asia and the Far East through his blog, The Asianist. D.C.-based Discovery Institute Senior Fellow John C. Wohlstetter will also be commenting on foreign policy on his Letter from the Capitol blog.

“We are excited by this program and we believe it fills a niche that is underserved in the blogosphere,” said Steven Buri, Executive Director of Discovery Institute. “The knowledge, enthusiasm, and leadership that Yuri brings to the project will contribute greatly to the knowledge that Americans have of the challenges facing fledgling democracies in Russia and Eastern Europe.”