The first question came from Stan, and it was as clear as it was disturbing: Can American reporters write as they please, even if it does not please the government?
"We have constitutionally guaranteed freedom of the press," was the reply.
Stan - officially Stanislav Kholkin, a 30-year-old television newsman from Ekaterinburg, near the Ural Mountains -- knew just enough English to understand the answer, and had enough experience as a Russian journalist not to be impressed.
"Yes," he said. "We have the same."... Read more