Silski Visti (Ukrainian: Сільські вісті, translated as Rural News) is a Kyiv-based daily newspaper published in Ukrainian.

History and profile


Founded in 1920, Silski Visti is read amongst the rural population, with a circulation of 500,000. It was quite critical of the former President Leonid Kuchma.[1] The paper was among the supporters of the Our Ukraine party in 2004.[2]

Ivan Spodarenko served as the editor of Silski Visti.[3] In January 2004 Kyiv's Shevchenkivsky district court temporarily suspended the publication of the paper due to the lawsuit filed by the Jewish Antifascist Committee.[4] It occurred as a result of the publication of an article which alleged that nearly 400,000 Jews joined in Nazi SS forces during the invasion of Ukraine by Nazi Germany during World War II.[1]

In 2006 the editor of the paper, Ivan Spodarenko, was awarded the Hero of Ukraine medal.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Ukraine's president presents award to controversial publisher". World Jewish Congress. 30 January 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  2. ^ Mark Almond (26 November 2004). "Conflict in Kiev". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Ukraine's Most Widely Circulated Newspaper Incites Antisemitism". Jewish Russian Telegraph. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Court in Ukraine Shuts Down Largest Opposition Newspaper Silski VISTI". Art Ukraine. 29 January 2004. Retrieved 11 November 2014.