RIA Novosti

RIA Novosti was Russia’s national news agency until 1993, and since December 2013, it has been used by the international news agency Rossiya Segodnya and the multimedia platform Sputnik. Rossiya Segodnya continues to use RIA Novosti as a state-operated Russian-language news agency for its domestic audience using the websiteria.ru. This entry provides an overview of RIA Novosti, including its origins, its formal creation in 1991, its transformation in the digital age, and its eventual merger.


The earliest formal predecessor of RIA Novosti was founded in June 1941, just 2 days after Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union. Initially called the Soviet Information Bureau (Sovinformbureau, SIB), it was established to gather data for media reports during the war time and to cover military events and the country’s ...

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