On May,11 Vladimir Runov, an honored Culture Worker of Russia, an honored journalist of Kuban and Adygea, a member of Union of Russian Writers, a head of Krasnodar department of Union of Russian Writers, Doctor of Philology, Candidate of Historical Sciences, a companion of ten state awards, an author of many books, dean of the Faculty of Radio and Television Broadcasting of Krasnodar State University of Culture and Arts turned 76. The day before he answered the questions of “Yug Times” journalist. About censorship - Is freedom of mass media pretentious or real? Is there a certain censorship in present mass media, including Kuban ones? - Alas, nowadays perception of journalism as the “fourth power” has disappeared. He who pays the piper calls the tune...In a certain degree all the mass media are dependent - federal, regional, municipal as well as private ones. But even in current market conditions some individual bright, tough, problem publications and reports irritate officials. And the authority according to the law has to react on such things but it does this reluctantly and quite seldom. And censorship...In a certain degree it has been before and it is here today. Journalism is a very subtle tool and the authority can get many dividends by using it in a tactic and clever way. Just remember “stagnated” Brezhnev time: one of the “megaphones of freedom” “Literaturnaya Gazeta” (Literary Newspaper) was considered, which raised a lot of soviet society’s vital problems. But the newspaper was allowed to speak about it, under control and within reasonable limits. And the newspaper became a valve, releasing the society’s irritation steam, pacifying the society at the same time creating the feeling of pluralism. Nowadays one may write what he wants and the way he wants to, but sharp publications cause far less effect and resonance from society as well as from those in power. An official simply waves away many problem articles like an annoying fly. About self-actualization - In your opinion did you realize your full potential? It’s a difficult question...When I was young and began to write I didn’t think that I was doing it better than others did. I just felt the need to write. Of course I have a lot to remember, without immoderate pride, but with the sense of having professionally done my duty. For example I was the last journalist who conducted an interview with once almighty First Secretary of kraikom (territorial party committee) of KPSS Sergey Medunov. He then was a lonely pensioner whiling his time in a Moscow flat. About professionalism -Heroes of your books, publications, TV-reports are hundreds (or maybe thousands) of famous Kuban people, Russians. Did you choose them yourself? Or did Lady Fortune often help? - When I was young, a beginner, of course I went where they said to, met with those, who they said with. But as the time passed I could allow myself to choose. I have a lot to remember in this respect. I was one of the first Russian TV journalists who made a full-length report from Mausoleum. One of the first who in the beginning of the war was in Chechnya and was making reports from there. I think that in our region there are few people who have appreciations from two Russian presidents - Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin. I have ten government awards but the main award for me, without any haughtiness, is my authority among my readers. A journalist may be loved or not, agreed with or not, but if his word can’t leave a person indifferent - this is the criterion of professionalism. About God - In the last question I will allow myself a plagiarism using one of my favorite questions of French writer Marcel Proust. So, being appeared before God what would you tell Him? - Well...I’ve lived a life as an atheist. Who knows, maybe in the next world, if it exists, I will have to pay for it...But I am not hurrying there yet. If, hypothetically, there would be such a meeting, I would say: “God, I am not going to judge anybody. I was sinful in many things myself. But I was always trying to make life better, not worse”.