Moskovskij Komsomolets

Moskovskij Komsomolets[a] (Russian: Московский комсомолец, lit.'Moscow Komsomolets') is a Moscow-based daily newspaper with a circulation approaching one million, covering general news.[4] Founded in 1919, it is famed for its topical reporting on Russian politics and society.[5]

Moskovskij Komsomolets
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The front page of MK (PDF ver.)
on 15 January 2021.
TypeDaily newspaper
Editor-in-chiefPavel Gusev
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
123995, 1905 Goda Street, Building 7, Block 1
five men in suits gathered around a table
Gusev (leftmost) during President Vladimir Putin's interview to the chief editors of Russian leading newspapers, 22 March 2001


The newspaper was first published by the Moscow Committee of the Komsomol on 11 December 1919 as Yuny Kommunar (Russian: Юный коммунар, lit.'Young Communard'). Over the next years it changed its name several time, starting a few months after the first issue when it became the Yunosheskaya Pravda (Russian: Юношеская правда, lit.'Youth Truth'). In 1924, after Vladimir Lenin's death, it was renamed to Molodoy Leninets (Russian: Молодой ленинец, lit.'Young Leninist'). It took its present-day name in September 1929.[6]

Between 1931 and 1939, the paper ceased publication. It was revived in 1940, but not for long: World War II interrupted publishing again in August 1941. Publishing resumed only on 2 October 1945. Until 1990, it served as the organ of the Moscow Committee and the Moscow City Committee of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League. In 1991, it was taken over by its editorial staff.[6]


Since 1983, Pavel Gusev serves as MK's editor-in-chief.[7]

Previous editors-in-chief include:

  • Aleksandr Subbotin (1951–1958)
  • Arkady Udaltsov (1968–1974)
  • Lev Gushchin (1977–1983)


The paper specialises in topical social and political material, economic surveys, city news, urban chronicles and diverse information.[6]

ZD AwardsEdit

MK is also known as the host of Russia's oldest hit parade – the Zvukovaya Dorozhka (Russian: Звуковая дорожка, lit.'Sound Track'). It was founded in autumn 1975 by Artur Gasparyan and has been published monthly in the paper since 1977.[8] Also called the ZD Awards, it features both Russian and international acts. Since 2003, it has been held in concert halls. It is considered one of the major Russian music awards.[9]


According to a poll conducted in May 2004 by the Levada Center, 9% of the Russians and 33% of the Moscovites who responded, read the paper "more or less regularly". For the year 2000 the poll reports 11% and 40%, respectively.[10]

It has a printed circulation of between 700,000[6] and 930,000[1] copies.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The newspaper officially uses the transliteration "Moskovskij Komsomolets" as a secondary name on its front page and website.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b Московский Комсомолец [Moskovskij Komsomolets] (in Russian). RIA O'Key. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  2. ^ ИД "Московский Комсомолец": история успеха [Publishing House "Moskovskij Komsomolets": the story of success]. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 29 November 2020. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Newspaper MK Moskovskii Komsomolets - read electronic version of the publication". Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Moskovskiy Komsomolets". Mondo Times. Retrieved 1 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Размещение рекламы в газете Московский комсомолец (МК)". (in Russian). Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d "Газета "Московский комсомолец". Справка" (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 11 December 2009.
  7. ^ Гусев Павел Николаевич [Gusev Pavel Nikolayevich] (in Russian). Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  8. ^ Pogodin, Sergey (16 April 2013). "Звуковая Дорожка. ZD-Awards 2013! 19 апреля «Известия Холл»" [Zvukovaya Dorozhka. ZD-Awards 2013! 19 April in Izvestia Hall]. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 25 April 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  9. ^ "ZD Awards to Take Place in Izvestia Hall". 11 April 2013. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  10. ^ Чтение газет в России и Москве [Reading newspapers in Russia and Moscow] (in Russian). Levada Center. 7 June 2004. Archived from the original on 2 April 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2014.