|Owner(s)||Kirsan Ilyumzhinov & Yevgeny Dodolev|
(as the Vzglyad)
|Circulation||From 485.000 in 1992 down to 307,500 in 2009|
Novy Vzglyad (Russian: Новый Взгляд, literally New Look or New View) is a weekly newspaper published in Moscow, Russia. It used to be well known for its commentaries on politics and social issues in the 1990s.
It was founded in early 1992 by VID (originally created as a voice for the TV show with the same name). Kirsan Ilyumzhinov bought the newspaper and merged it with the another journal. It is owned by him and former TV host (of Vzglyad show) Yevgeny Dodolev.
Once a weekly, the Novy Vzglyad is now published 45 times per year, seven issues covering two-week spans.
Like most weekly newspapers, circulation at Novy Vzglyad has been declining for many years. Advertising revenue has been declining at rates between 10% to 20% annually in recent years. Novy Vzglyad employs approximately 50 employees, down from over 200 at its peak (1995–1998).
The newspaper is in financial straights.
Although the Novy Vzglyad never lost its touches of humor, it soon established itself as a pre-eminent forum for serious journalism. On issues of civil rights and individual liberties, it is consistently liberal. The most prominent Russian writers wrote for the publication, including Vitaly Korotich, Alexander Prokhanov, Valeriya Novodvorskaya, Eduard Limonov and his spouse Natalya Medvedeva (which introduced herself as Novy Vzglyad representative in Paris).
Affairs and scandals
Novy Vzglyad has a long track record of creating scandals, earning itself the moniker "Dirtdigger" (in Russian, Грязекопатель). Printing some comments were deemed "hooliganism" by the Moscow deputy prosecutor, who, despite Dodolev's independence from state bureaucracies tried to pressure the newspaper out of business in 1993 and 1994.
- Newspaper used to be known for its sensational covers – including one of Lenin's face grafted onto the body of a weight-lifter (1993).
- Alexander Korzhakov, former chief of the RF president's security service, told journalists that
- Several journalists writing on controversial issues have found that the Judicial Chamber plays a negative role:
In 1993, Yaroslav Mogutin, one of the country’s few openly gay journalists, was arrested, held overnight in jail, and charged with "hooliganism" for using profane language in an interview with a prominent gay dancer that was published in Novy Vzglyad, a weekly nationalist newspaper distributed as a supplement to Moskovskaya Pravda. Charges were also filed against the weekly, even though the use of profane language had become quite common in many papers, including the high-circulation Moskovskij Komsomolets. The case was eventually dropped, but not before Mogutin and his partner were harassed by local policemen who would repeatedly come to their apartment in the middle of the night to extort money, threatening the couple with criminal prosecution if they did not comply.
- One of the main points of criticism that has been brought against Novy Vzglyad concerns the language that used to be cultivated in the newspaper. Example: Soviet coup plotter says he was drunk:
... from alcohol: Don't you think so?" Yanayev told the newspaper Novy Vzglyad. Yanayev and 11 others are to go on trial on April 14 ... prepared in the KGB, and that the current Russian Defense Minister, Pavel Grachev, took part in drafting it.
Zhirinovsky complained to an interviewer from the Moscow journal Novy Vzglyad: Where was I born now? In a foreign country, it seems.
- A special correspondent for Novy Vzglyad Vera Svechina became a stripper in Las-Vegas.
- Covering Chechnya Wars.
In 1995, after Mogutin published an article on the war in Chechnya in the January issue of Novy Vzglyad, the Judicial Chamber held two hearings on his writings and accused Mogutin of violating Article 74-1 of the Penal Code, which calls for a prison term of up to 7 years for "incitement of ethnic hatred, corruption of public morals and defamation of the Motherland." The Chamber recommended that the state shut down Novy Vzglyad, revoke its publishing license, and launch a criminal case against Mogutin. Based on this recommendation, the prosecutor’s office opened an investigation against him in April 1995. As a result of the continuing harassment, Mogutin went to the United States to seek asylum.
In Russia's War on Chechnya Yuri N. Maltsev wrote:
Russian media have depicted the Chechen nation as thugs and bandits responsible for organized crime and street violence in Russia. Russian "journalist" Mogutin wrote in the journal Novy Vzglyad (A New Glance) of the Chechen nation "that it had given the world absolutely nothing except international terrorism and drugs business" and he remarked also "that any Russian feels towards the Chechens a zoological, genetic, animal hatred."
After this publication its author (Slava Mogutin) forced to leave Russia. Mogutin was granted political asylum in the US with the support of Amnesty International and PEN American Center. Upon his arrival in New York City, he shifted his focus to visual art and became an active member of the downtown art scene. Since 1999, his photography has been exhibited internationally and featured in a wide range of publications including BUTT, The New York Times, The Village Voice, i-D, Visionaire, and L’Uomo Vogue.
- The very same Mogutin wrote essay "Bitches – Big and Small" (in Russian "Суки большие и маленькие"):
Even famous women-politicians and public figures are sometimes abused in the gutter press, and you may see a porno collage or drawing including the face of a famous politician. The New View (Novy Vzglyad) magazine, for instance, published an article in June 1994 which was entitled "Bitches – Big and Small", in which all famous Russian women-leaders of the past and present were derided, and nobody even thought of taking the authors to court, while if the subject had been man-politician proceedings would no doubt have started.
In 1995 the weekly newspaper grown into publishing house (publishing company). During 1995–1999 Novy Vzglyad Publishing House published nine magazines and periodicals (print and online) in Russia and CIS countries. It ended its four-year print run for magazines, due to economic difficulties of 1998 Russian financial crisis.
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