THE JOURNAL OF REGIONAL HISTORY V.3 No.3
In the Public Service: on the Issue of the Illegal Activities of the Information...
THE JOURNAL OF REGIONAL HISTORY V.3 No.3

In the Public Service: on the Issue of the Illegal Activities of the Information Bureau of the Main Directorate for Press Affairs on the Eve of the Collapse of the Russian Empire

Authors:
Elena N. Krylova
DOI:
10.23859/2587-8344-2019-3-3-2
Full text:
The article is devoted to the unlawful aspects of work of the Information Bureau of the Main Directorate for Press Affairs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Formed in 1906 in order to establish two-way communication between the authorities and the media, the Information Bureau implemented important functions of informing the participants of communication and reducing communication noise while passing on the information from the sender to the recipient. While carrying out a considerable amount of work to provide communicators with reliable information, the employees of the Information Bureau had access to information of different kinds, including that which was classified as state secret. Such awareness and also some personal characteristics of the employees became the reasons for disclosing secret information in the media. The article is based on the archival materials on the illegal activities of the Information Bureau of the Main Directorate for Press Affairs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which are kept in the Russian State Historical Archive (RGIA).
Elena N. Krylova
Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor
Pushkin Leningrad State University
St Petersburg, Pushkin, Russia
hellennak@yandex.ru
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Keywords:
The First Russian Revolution, the Main Directorate for Press Affairs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Information Bureau, the press, public opinion, corruption, illegal activities
For citation:
Krylova, E. “In the Public Service: on the Issue of the Illegal Activities of the Information Bureau of the Main Directorate for Press Affairs on the Eve of the Collapse of the Russian Empire.” Historia Provinciae – The Journal of Regional History, vol. 3, no. 3 (2019): 884–910, http:// doi.org/10.23859/2587-8344-2019-3-3-2

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