Major Russian news agency turns 70

On June 24, 1941, RIA Novosti was set up as the Soviet Information Bureau (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Fomichev)
June 24 marks 70 years since RIA Novosti news agency was founded as the Soviet Information Bureau. It has gone on to become one of the largest Russian media holdings.

The RIA Novosti team has decided to mark the jubilee year with an extensive update of its technological and media facilities. They have entitled the new concept “Version 7.0”, emphasizing the launch of seven new media projects, including a studio for the production of 3D-video, a multimedia press center, and a ratings agency.

The history of RIA Novosti dates back to June 24, 1941, when the Soviet Information Bureau was set up to guide the coverage of international and military events, as well as the developments inside the country.In 1961, it was succeeded by the Novosti Press Agency (APN) which aimed, “By the means of wide distribution of the truthful information about the Soviet Union abroad and acquaintance of the Soviet public with the life of people in foreign countries – in every possible way to promote mutual understanding, trust, and friendship among nations.”

In September 1991, on the basis of that agency, the Russian Information Agency "Novosti" was created, to be later transformed into the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Russian Information Agency RIA Novosti.

The RIA Novosti team was honored with numerous state awards and acknowledgements, with the most important of them from President Dmitry Medvedev. He handed the award to the agency during his visit to its facilities on the eve of the 70th anniversary.

RT staff congratulate RIA Novosti on its achievements.