Russian Ad Firms Say Nyet to Satirical Newsweek Campaign

News Outdoor and Olimp Are Among Firms That Decline to Air the Ads

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Newsweek's Russian edition is the latest media outlet to run into censorship in Russia. Some major out-of-home advertising companies have declined to run a new ad campaign for the magazine that pokes fun at Russian political and governmental institutions, according to the Moscow Times.

The ads, which have run in airports, feature serious lines lsuch as, "Trust in the courts is growing in Russia," along with a pair of hands that undermines the statement. The tagline on all the ads is "Everyone knows. We understand."

"The meaning of our advertising is that we make complicated things understandable and explain political and economic life through understandable images," said Editor in Chief Mikhail Fishman. "There's every indication that they refuse us for political reasons. It reminds me of the late Soviet Union."

The Times article cites News Outdoor and Olimp as two companies that have declined to air the ads.

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