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Russia's Pravda hits 100, still urging workers to unite

One hundred years after its first edition appeared, the once mighty Pravda newspaper has gone back to its origins as a struggling opposition newspaper, but is still defiantly urging the workers of the world to unite.

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Russian newspaper Pravda (Truth) celebrates its 100th anniversary


 

Spekhov Yevgeny, editor of correspondence department, shows an issue of paper 'Pravda' from 10 May 1945 after the capitulation of Nazi Germany in the editorial office of Russian Communist party newspaper 'Pravda' (Truth) in Moscow, Russia on Friday. Russian celebrate 100 year anniversary of the first issue of the newspaper 'Pravda' which was published on 05 May 1912 in St. Petersburg, becoming the biggest newspaper during the Soviet period of the Russian history and the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Russian Communist Party from 1912 until 1991 when the paper was closed down after the decree of the President Boris Yeltsin. In 1997 Russian communists recovered 'Pravda' as an official paper of the Russian Communist party.

A journalist works near the memorial working place (R) of the wife of Vladimir Lenin Nadezhda Krupskaya in the editorial office of Russian Communist party newspaper 'Pravda' (Truth) in Moscow.

Pre-anniversary issues of paper 'Pravda' (Truth) are pictured while on the production line at the printing works outside Moscow.

Reuters reports that the 100-year-old Russian newspaper is still 'urging the workers of the world to unite':

Times are hard. But its editor says that battling hostile authorities, the threat of closure and financial problems is how Pravda spent its early years after first appearing in St Petersburg on May 5, 1912, until the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

"In many respects our role and purpose has gone back to what it was before 1917," Boris Komotsky said in his office in Moscow's Pravda Street, a huge photograph of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin reading Pravda on the wall behind him.

"We are the opposition's main organ, fighting for power, for policy changes. We've gone though so many problems. Now each of the workers here is a hero. At times they've had to work without getting a paycheck."

There's a newspaper in America with the same name - in English. The Elkhart Truth, in northern Indiana, worked together with msnbc.com to produce the Elkhart Project, a yearlong series of reports about a region hit particularly hard by the recent recession.

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Russian media: True, we're 'not free' - but we're not Zimbabwe

Russian media experts and journalists say Freedom House's annual press freedom survey doesn't acknowledge the rise of independent media outlets and social media, which are broadening the landscape.

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Publishing in Russia 2012: Shifting Retail Landscape

Back in 1990, there were nearly 8,500 bookshops in Russia. By 2009, however, the number had plunged to no more than 2,500, according to the Russian Book Union. Even Top Kniga, Russia’s largest book chain, had shrunk from 700 to 450 stores, and is now teetering on the brink of bankruptcy yet again.

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The Hollywood Reporter hits Russian newsstands

The first Russian issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine has hit the newsstands.

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