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People who persue the news for entertainment might only consume news from one newssource but stakeholders in a society who actually act based on the information and who want to inform themselves read broadly.

I don’t see much point in telling the stakeholders in a society about the corruption in their countries. Officials in Russia or Iran do not need the VoA for that – all they have to do is to remember how they got to their own positions.
It's hard to found well researched regime critical Russian language content.

This is just from a few days ago.
Ukraine likely wouldn't have had elected a pro-Western government when the US wouldn't have spend $5 billion dollar since it's secession from the US on proping up Western voices in it.

I doubt it. Most of the money appears to have been spent on programs that have nothing to do with propping up Western voices. Also, the timing of the events in Ukraine suggests that this money had little influence. Most of it was spent before 2010 when Ukraine elected a pro-Russian Victor Yanukovych. I think Nuland was totally clueless about the situation in Ukraine and she just tried to get credit for the events she did not even understand.






This is just from a few days ago.Basically we have a Russian opposition politician named Alexei Navalny who has a blog and a Anti-Corruption Foundation.
Then we have Yury Chaika who claims that someone gave Navalny money to attack Chaika.

The Moscow Times article is very he-said/she-said. The interesting question of who funds the Anti-Corruption foudation isn't answered in the Moscow Times article.

Maybe it's Western money? Should the West support foudantions like the one he has? I think there a good case making sure that people like Navalny are well-funded.

Officials in Russia or Iran do not need the VoA for that – all they have to do is to remember how they got to their own positions.
I think you are making a mistake if you try to think of everybody in Russia being the same. Different people are different. They are in power conflicts with each other. Having concrete information about what's going on matters. Simply knowing that everybody is corrupt doesn't lead to pressure on single individuals.

Do you think that when the US goes out and fiances democrazy building programs, the don't try to benefit Western voices?

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