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03/27/1997

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USAID Grants $475,000 To Paper

The U.S. Agency for International Development announced Wednesday its largest single grant to the Russian media, a $475,000 printing press intended to free a provincial newspaper from local government pressure. If all goes as planned, the independent Volgograd newspaper Gorodskiye Vesti will roll off a modern, U.S.-donated printing press in April, allowing the private publisher to improve the publication's quality and end its dependence on government-controlled printers. The grant includes purchase and installation of a new offset press and personnel training to run it. The project is administered by the Media Development Program, a $10 million, three-year USAID effort to support the development of independent print and broadcast media in Russia. While freedom of the press has taken root in Moscow since the fall of communism, Russia's provincial press often remains under direct government ownership or is tightly controlled by local administrations through their monopolies on printing plants.

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