Second Term: Media Coverage of Putin May 2004-May 2008

In general, I consider myself an optimist; spending my summer delving deep into the events of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, however, is hardly conducive to such a world view. In this blog post, I’m going to present what I saw as the most crucial events, in terms of American media coverage, of Putin’s second term. Then, I’ll outline the broader trends I saw from 2004 to 2008. Again, this will be a bit lengthy. In the interest of some brevity, I won’t go into too much detail about the events I discuss. I think of this project more like calculus than algebra: I’m not making a graph, I’m describing the trend of the graph. And this graph begins in May 2004, when Vladimir Putin was sworn in for his second term.

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Prime Ministership, Acting Presidency, First Term: Coverage of Putin August 1999-May 2004

As the current news cycle revolves around Russian lawyers, the Trump family, compromising information and, inevitably, Vladimir Putin, I’ve been delving into older news reports of the man, using the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, two reputable papers with slightly different bents. So far, I’ve read articles about Putin from August 1999, when he was nominated to be Yeltsin’s Prime Minister, to May 2004, when he was inaugurated for his second term. Here, I’m first going to draw out some of the most important events in these five years, and then nail down the broader trends that stuck out to me the most.

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