Izvestia (Russian: Известия, IPA: [ɪzˈvʲesʲtʲɪjə], "The News") is a daily broadsheet newspaper in Russia. Founded in February 1917, Izvestia, which covered foreign relations, was the organ of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union, disseminating official state propaganda.[2] It is now described as a "national newspaper" of Russia.

Front page of the Izvestia newspaper from 15 June 2012.
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)National Media Group
PublisherInews (News Media)
Editor-in-chiefArseniy Ogenesyan
Founded13 March 1917; 106 years ago (1917-03-13)
HeadquartersBegovoy District, Moscow, Russia
OCLC number427395058

The word izvestiya in Russian means "bring news" or "tidings", "herald" (an official messenger bringing news), derived from the verb izveshchat ("to inform", "to notify").[citation needed]

History edit

1917–1991 edit

Old Izvestia logo. It uses two letters that are no longer used in the Russian language (see Reforms of Russian orthography).

During the Soviet period, while Pravda served as the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, Izvestia expressed the official views of the Soviet government as published by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.[3] Its full name was Izvestiya Sovetov Narodnykh Deputatov SSSR (in Russian, Известия Советов народных депутатов СССР, the Reports of Soviets of Peoples' Deputies of the USSR).

The Izvestia Trophy ice hockey tournament was named after the newspaper between 1969 and 1996.

Nedelya was the weekend supplement of Izvestia.[4][5]

1992–present edit

Izvestiia Newspaper Building in Moscow

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Izvestia now describes itself as a "national newspaper" of Russia. The newspaper was owned by a vast holding company of Vladimir Potanin which had close ties with the government.[citation needed] A controlling stake in Izvestia was purchased by state-owned Gazprom on 3 June 2005, and included in the Gazprom Media holding.[citation needed] According to the allegations of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Raf Shakirov, editor-in-chief of Izvestia, was forced to resign because the government officials did not like the paper's coverage of the Beslan school hostage crisis.[6][7] Other sources informed that Potanin had asked him to leave for fear the Kremlin would be riled by the explicit photographs of the massacre published by Izvestia.[citation needed] As of 2005, the circulation of Izvestia was 240,967. Its 2007 circulation certified by TNS Gallup Media was 371,000 copies.[8] Until his death on 1 October 2008, the chief artist was Boris Yefimov, the centenarian illustrator who had worked as Joseph Stalin's political cartoonist.

In 2008, Gazprom Media sold Izvestia to National Media Group.[9]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Атлас российской прессы: Газета "Известия" Archived 4 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Media Atlas
  2. ^ "Izvestiia Digital Archive 1917–2010. Online access to the Kremlin's newspaper of record" (PDF). Minneapolis, MN: East View Information Services. p. 5. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  3. ^ Andrei G. Richter (1995). "The Russian Press after Perestroika". Canadian Journal of Communication. 20 (1).
  4. ^ Schmemann, Serge (31 July 1983). "Soviet says Hare Krishna cloaks hide C.I.A. Daggers". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  5. ^ Henry W. Morton (December 1965). "Book review". International Journal. 20 (4): 561. doi:10.1177/002070206502000432. S2CID 148639684.
  6. ^ Attacks 2005: Europe and Central Asia. Committee to Protect Journalists. 16 February 2006.
  7. ^ Russia, Media, Gazprom, Izvestia – JRL 6March 2005 Archived 4 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Main papers". BBC. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  9. ^ – About Us National Media Group

Further reading edit

  • Merrill, John C. and Harold A. Fisher. The world's great dailies: profiles of fifty newspapers (1980) pp 170-76

External links edit

  Media related to Izvestia at Wikimedia Commons