News Summary: Russia media tycoons get Kremlin aid

Russia's rags-to-riches media tycoons expand empire _ with Kremlin's help

Associated Press

RUSSIA'S MURDOCHS?: With a well-oiled system of paying for scoops, the father-and-son team of Aram and Ashot Gabrelyanov and their website Lifenews have been able to crawl into every crevice of Russian life, from show business to the security services.

MEDIA EMPIRE: Lifenews, which published a grainy photograph of NSA leaker Edward Snowden in Russia, a first, is part of an expanding empire that has come to dominate the nation's media landscape in the decades since the elder Gabrelyanov started off as a provincial tabloid publisher.

LOYALTY TO THE TOP: A key reason for their recent success: obsequious loyalty to the Kremlin. Aram Gabrelyanov refers to President Vladimir Putin as the "father of the nation."

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