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>> The Kremlin wants some good news. And in documents obtained by Reuters, it's instructing top private and state owned companies in Russia to go make some, in elaborate detail. Reuters Katya Golubkova is part of the team that uncovered it in Moscow.>> I couldn't document which we saw, a total of 45 companies were invited to a meeting to then last month.
00:00:24
Before the meeting, the companies were given guidance on how to prepare to the meeting and how, in general, to prepare for setting up, so called, a positive news wire agenda. And that positive news wire agenda should be first reported to the energy ministry and to the Kremlin administration for consideration.
00:00:46
>> The companies are predominantly from the energy sector, and it couldn't be determined whether other firms or industries received similar instructions. The six page document is being withheld from view to protect Reuters sources. But it asks the companies to submit their good news on deadlines of Monday or Tuesday, every week, such as job growth or scientific discoveries.
00:01:09
They also should be presented in the form of a table or chart. And color coded, along with a press release that would require few edits from the government. It would appear to be a more aggressive posture, after we learned earlier this year that the government had asked companies to give an advance notice on any stories that might influence the upcoming presidential election.
00:01:29
In which, President Vladimir Putin is expected to run for another term.>> From the document, it does not look like it's a hard order, but it's not also a recommendation, it's something in between. There is no specific mention of how the companies may be punished or can be punished, if they do not follow the instructions.
00:01:53
>> Reuters asked for comment form the Kremlin Energy Ministry and five biggest companies on the list. None responded.