Argumenty i Fakty

Argumenty i Fakty (Russian: Аргументы и факты, commonly abbreviated "АиФ" and translated as Arguments and Facts)[1] is a weekly newspaper based in Moscow and a publishing house in Russia and worldwide. As of 2008, it was owned by Promsvyazbank and the newspaper is edited by Nikolay Zyatkov.[2]

Russian: Аргументы и Факты
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Owner(s)Government of Moscow
Founder(s)All-Union Organisation "Knowledge"
Founded1 January 1978; 44 years ago (1978-01-01)
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
Circulation2,750,000 (February 2008)

On 7 March 2014 it was bought by the Government of Moscow.[3]

History and profileEdit

It was founded in 1978 by the All-Union Organisation "Knowledge" and was published throughout the whole Soviet Union. In 1980 AiF was transformed into a weekly but was available only by subscription. In late 1980s, it was one of the leading publications in the Glasnost period. AiF was listed in the Guinness Book of Records with the largest circulation of any weekly publication.[4] In 1990 it had a print run of 33.5 million. With the fall of the Soviet Union, publication of it was discontinued in countries outside the Russian Federation. As of 2008, the circulation was about 3 million copies, with about 8 million readers.[2] More specifically its February 2008 circulation was 2,750,000.[5]


  1. ^ Andrei G. Richter (1995). "The Russian Press after Perestroika". Canadian Journal of Communication. 20 (1). Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b Alexei Bessudnov, "Media Map" (183–189), Index on Censorship, Volume 37, Number 1, 2008, p. 185.
  3. ^ "Московское правительство купило "Аргументы и факты"". 11 March 2014.
  4. ^ "ИД "АиФ": About "Argumenty I Fakty"". Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Main papers". BBC. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2013.

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