The «faces» of the Russian regional newspapers did not all look the same after February 24. Not only the state media showed support of the «military operation» through their front pages, but also many outlets that were not founded by governmental entities. This rare unanimity that splashed onto the front pages of the Russian press was observed in all of its regions with no exception.
In this context, expressing an anti-war position entailed dramatic consequences for the regional media whose editors took such a decision. And their teams knew what they were signing up for. Publishing an anti-war slogan on the newspaper front page in a town of 30,000 in provincial Russia is an act of civic heroism, there is no doubt about that.
Such newspapers were withdrawn from retail chains, their editors received warnings from Roskomnadzor, Russia’s media regulator, courts also worked swiftly.
The VK Media publishing group (Krasnoturyinsk, Sverdlovsk Oblast), which published all of its four newspapers with anti-war front pages, was fined 1.5 million rubles. In Yakutsk, local newspaper kiosks refused to sell the newspaper Vsyo dlya Vas with the slogan «No to War» on its front page. In the town of Kudymkar in Perm Krai, the police demanded explanatory reports from managers of the stores that sold the newspaper Parma-Novosti featuring the headline «What must not be called war» on its front page.
We want you to see the variety of the regional print media through their front pages.(We took some of the front pages from the telegram channel «Скользкая собака»)