Izvestia (Russian: Известия, IPA: [ɪzˈvʲesʲtʲɪjə]) is a daily broadsheet newspaper in Russia. It was a newspaper of record in the Soviet Union from 1917 until the dissolution of the USSR in 1991.[2]

The word izvestiya in Russian means "delivered messages", derived from the verb izveshchat ("to inform", "to notify"). In the context of newspapers it is usually translated as "news" or "reports".

Front page of the Izvestia newspaper from 15 June 2012.
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)National Media Group
PublisherInews (News Media)
Editor-in-chiefArseniy Ogenesyan
Founded13 March 1917
HeadquartersBegovoy District, Moscow, Russia
OCLC number427395058


The newspaper began as the News of the Petrograd Soviet of Workers Deputies on 13 March [O.S. 28 February] 1917 in Petrograd. Initially, the paper expressed Menshevik and Socialist-Revolutionary Party views.

In August 1917, it took the title News of the Central Executive Committee of the Petrograd Soviet of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies. By October 1917 it became News of the Central Executive Committee of the Soviets of Working and Military Deputies, and was eventually retitled News of the Soviets of People's Deputies.

After the Second All-Union Congress of Soviets, Izvestia became an official newspaper of the Soviet government (Central Executive Committee of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union and Sovnarkom).



Izvestia logo old
Old Izvestia logo. It uses two letters that are no longer used in the Russian language (see Reforms of Russian orthography).

During the Soviet period, while Pravda served as the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, Izvestia expressed the official views of the Soviet government as published by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.[3] The full name was Izvestiya Sovetov Narodnykh Deputatov SSSR (in Russian, Известия Советов народных депутатов СССР, the Reports of Soviets of Peoples' Deputies of the USSR).


Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Izvestia now describes itself as a "national" newspaper of Russia. The newspaper was owned by a vast holding company of Vladimir Potanin which had close ties with the government.[4] A controlling stake in Izvestia was purchased by state-owned Gazprom on 3 June 2005, and included in the Gazprom Media holding.[4] According to the allegations of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Raf Shakirov, editor-in-chief of Izvestia, was forced to resign because the government officials did not like the paper's coverage of the Beslan school hostage crisis.[5][6] Other sources informed that Potanin had asked him to leave for fear the Kremlin would be riled by the explicit photographs of the massacre published by Izvestia.[4] As of 2005, the circulation of Izvestia was 240,967. Its 2007 circulation certified by TNS Gallup Media was 371,000 copies.[7] Until his death on 1 October 2008, the chief artist was Boris Yefimov, the centenarian illustrator who had worked as Joseph Stalin's political cartoonist.

In 2008, Gazprom Media sold Izvestia to National Media Group.[8] The newspaper was relaunched in D2 (broadsheet) format after that and adopted a new slogan ("Making Izvestia [i.e., reports] from the news"), as well as extended simultaneously its business coverage. The paper's old business section, Finansovye Izvestia (Finance Izvestia), was closed, and Marker Weekly was launched instead in September 2011, distributed with Izvestia on Mondays. The Friday appendix Nedelya (The Week), devoted to culture and leisure activities, was relaunched as well.


  1. ^ Атлас российской прессы: Газета "Известия" Media Atlas
  2. ^ "Izvestiia Digital Archive 1917–2010. Online access to the Kremlin's newspaper of record" (pdf). Minneapolis, MN: East View Information Services. p. 5. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  3. ^ Andrei G. Richter (1995). "The Russian Press after Perestroika". Canadian Journal of Communication. 20 (1). Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Bigg, Claire (3 June 2005). "Russia: State-Owned Gazprom Buys Leading Independent Daily 'Izvestiya'". GlobalSecurity. Retrieved 4 September 2007.
  5. ^ Attacks 2005: Europe and Central Asia. Committee to Protect Journalists. 16 February 2006.
  6. ^ Russia, Media, Gazprom, Izvestia – JRL 6March 2005 Archived 4 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Main papers". BBC. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  8. ^ – About Us National Media Group

Further reading

  • Merrill, John C. and Harold A. Fisher. The world's great dailies: profiles of fifty newspapers (1980) pp 170-76

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Boris Yefimov

Boris Yefimovich Yefimov (Russian: Бори́с Ефи́мович Ефи́мов; October 11 [O.S. September 28] 1900, Kiev – October 1, 2008, Moscow) was a Soviet political cartoonist best known for his critical political caricatures of Adolf Hitler and other Nazis produced before and during the Second World War, and was the chief illustrator of the newspaper Izvestia. During his 90-year career he produced more than 70,000 drawings.

Canadian Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing

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The Canadian Triple Crown shares another characteristic with its American counterpart—all of the races in both series are open to geldings. This differs from the situation in Europe, where many important flat races, notably the British and all but one of the French classics, bar geldings.

Since 2014, all of the races in the Canadian Triple Crown have been televised by TSN.

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Pravda (Пра́вда, "Truth"), the organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Izvestia (short for "Izvestiya Sovetov Narodnykh Deputatov SSSR", Известия Советов народных депутатов СССР, the "Reports of Soviets of Peoples' Deputies of the USSR") expressed the official views of the Soviet government as published by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

Komsomolskaya Pravda (Комсомольская правда, "Komsomol's Truth"), the organ of Komsomol.

Krasnaya Zvezda (Красная звезда, "Red Star"), the organ of the Soviet Armed Forces.

Sovetskiy Sport (Советский спорт, "Soviet Sports"), the organ of the USSR State Committee for Physical Culture and Sports and VTsSPS

Trud (Труд, "Labour"), the organ of Soviet trade unions.

Pionerskaya Pravda (Пионе́рская Пра́вда, "Truth for Young Pioneers"), the official organ of the Young Pioneer organization of the Soviet Union

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Don Seymour

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Raised in Etobicoke, Ontario, Don Seymour began his professional racing career riding in Western Canada. From 1981 to 1986 he was the leading rider in Alberta. In 1988, he finished second aboard Play The King in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. In 1989 he signed on with Kinghaven Farms where that year he teamed up with trainer Roger Attfield to become the first in twenty-six years to capture Canada's Triple Crown series. Following their 1989 Triple Crown with the colt With Approval, in 1990 they repeated the feat with Izvestia, an achievement that has never been equaled.

Don Seymour retired in 1994 having won the Sovereign Award as Canada's top jockey a record four times. In 1995 he was voted the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award in recognition of his significant contribution to the sport of horse racing. In 1999, he was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.


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Izvestia's career ended on October 21, 1991, when he had to be humanely euthanized after breaking a left hind leg in three places while competing in the Rothmans International. In 1999, he was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

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Novye Izvestia

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Kapustin played thirteen seasons with the Soviet Union national team. He was part of the team that won seven Gold Medals at the Ice Hockey World Championships in 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983. Kapustin was voted to the first All Star team at the 1978 and 1981 tournaments. He played for the Soviet Union team in the 1974 Summit Series, the 1976 Canada Cup, the Gold Medal team at the 1976 Winter Olympics, the 1979 Challenge Cup, and the 1981 Canada Cup. He was voted the "best forward" award at the 1978 Izvestia Cup.

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