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Moskovskij Komsomolets[2] (Russian: Московский комсомолец, "Moscow Komsomolets") is a Moscow-based daily newspaper with a circulation approaching one million, covering general news.[3] Founded in 1919, it is now regarded as publishing sensational or provocative items on Russian politics and society.[4]

Moskovskij Komsomolets
Moskovskij Komsomolets frontpage.jpg
The front page of MK (PDF ver.)
on 27 November 2008.
TypeDaily newspaper
Editor-in-chiefPavel Gusev
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
123995, г. Москва, ул. 1905 года, д. 7, стр. 1.
five men in suits gathered around a table
At the Kremlin in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin giving an interview to the chief editors of leading Russian newspapers


The newspaper was first published by the Moscow Committee of the Komsomol on 11 December 1919 as Yuny Kommunar (Russian: Юный коммунар, "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, "Youth Truth"). In 1924, after Lenin’s death, it was renamed to Molodoy Leninets (Russian: Молодой ленинец, "Leninist-to-Be"). It took its present-day name in September 1929.[5]

Between 1931 and 1939 the paper ceased publication. It was revived in 1940 but not for long: the war 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.[5]


Since 1983 Pavel Gusev serves as MK’s editor-in-chief.[6]

Previous editors-in-chief

  • 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.[5]

ZD AwardsEdit

MK is also known as the host of Russia's oldest hit parade - the Zvukovaya Dorozhka (Russian: Звуковая Дорожка, "sound track"). It was founded in autumn 1975 by Artur Gasparyan and has been published monthly in the paper since 1977.[7] Also called the ZD Awards, it features both Russian and international acts. Since 2003 it is presented in a ceremony in concert halls. It’s considered one of the major Russian music awards.[8]


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.[9]

It has a printed circulation of between 700,000[5] and 930,000[1] copies.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Московский Комсомолец [Moskovsky Komsomolets] (in Russian). РИА О'Кей. 7 June 2004. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  2. ^ Editor-in-chief of the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets Pavel Gusev re-elected chairman of Moscow Journalists Union TASS, 27 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Moskovskiy Komsomolets". Mondo Times. Retrieved 1 October 2009.
  4. ^ Размещение рекламы в газете Московский комсомолец (МК) Archived 7 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b c d Газета "Московский комсомолец". Справка
  6. ^ Гусев Павел Николаевич [Gusev Pavel Nikolayevich] (in Russian). Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  7. ^ Погодин, Сергей (16 April 2013). "Звуковая Дорожка. ZD-Awards 2013! 19 апреля «Известия Холл»" [Zvukovaya Dorozhka. ZD-Awards 2013! 19 April in Izvestiya Hall] (in Russian). Archived from the original on 25 April 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  8. ^ "ZD Awards to Take Place in Izvestia Hall". 11 April 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  9. ^ Чтение газет в России и Москве [Reading of newspaper in Russia and Moscow] (in Russian). Levada Center. 7 June 2004. Archived from the original on 2 April 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2014.