This article examines the problems foreign correspondents encounter when working under conditions that differ considerably from those in their home country. In order to illustrate some of the problems, in particular with regard to the accessibility and trustworthiness of sources, the article takes as a case study the experiences of 11 Dutch correspondents posted in Moscow between 1982 and 2007, and examines their strategies to cope with the restrictions encountered working in a (neo-)authoritarian state.

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Kester, B. (2010). The art of balancing: Foreign correspondence in non-democratic countries: The Russian case. The International Communication Gazette, 72(1), 51–69. doi:10.1177/1748048509350338