This book combines two different approaches to the media in Russia. The first is a "Western" look based on an extensive review of current academic research in Western Europe and the USA. This renders us a picture of the research field still much affected by the old "Cold War" stereotype. The other approach is based on the research by Russian scholars, exposing us to a media landscape in constant flux. Detailed mappings of the Russian media structure, the youth's media use, or the development of local media are complemented with an overview which sets the media developments into a wider framework of Russian political and social development.