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|Publisher||Izdatelsky Dom Komsomolskaya Pravda|
|Founded||24 May 1925|
|Headquarters||Moscow, Stary Petrovsko-Razumovsky Proezd 1/23, Building 1|
|Circulation||660,000 (March 2008)|
Komsomolskaya Pravda (Russian: Комсомо́льская пра́вда; lit. "Komsomol Truth") is a daily Russian tabloid newspaper, founded on 13 March 1925. It is published by "Izdatelsky Dom Komsomolskaya Pravda" (Komsomolskaya Pravda Publishing House).
During the Soviet era, Komsomolskaya Pravda was the All-Union newspaper of the Soviet Union and an official organ of the Central Committee of the Komsomol. It was established according to the decision of the 13th Congress of the Russian Communist Party (b) and the first issue was published on 24 May 1925, in an edition of 31,000 copies.
Komsomolskaya Pravda began as the official organ of the Communist Union of Youth, or Komsomol, the youth wing of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. As such, it targeted the same 14-28 demographic as its parent organization, focusing initially on popular science and adventure articles while teaching the values of the CPSU. During this period, it was twice awarded the Order of Red Banner of Labour, and was also the recipient of the Order of Lenin, the Order of the October Revolution, and the Order of the Patriotic War.
Amidst the collapse of the Soviet Union, on 1 December 1990 the paper shifted from serving as a Komsomol mouthpiece to a Russian nationwide daily tabloid newspaper. During the 1991 August Putsch, the paper was banned by the State Committee of the State of Emergency, or "Gang of Eight," and did not publish from 19–20 August, the first time in its history that it failed to appear on schedule. Nevertheless, on 21 August, the newspaper published the entire chronicle of the coup as a historical document.
It is owned by Media Partner, which in turn is owned by ECN Group, an energy company led by Grigory Berezkin, who has close links to Gazprom. In December 2000 Norwegian media company A-Pressen bought a 25 percent plus one share of the paper.
The newspaper reached its highest circulation in 1990, when it sold almost 22 million daily copies. It was the top-selling newspaper in Russia in 2006 with daily circulation ranging from 700,000 to 3.1 million. Its March 2008 circulation certified by the NCS was 660,000 copies.
Editors in Chief of "Komsomolskaya Pravda"
The Editors in Chief, in reverse chronological order:
- From 1997 - Vladimir Nikolayevich Sungorkin
- 1995-1997 - Vladimir Petrovich Simonov
- 1988-1995 - Vladislav Aleksandrovich Fronin
- 1981-1988 - Genadiy Nikolayevich Seleznev
- 1978-1980 - Valeriy Nikolayevich Ganichev
- 1973-1978 - Lev Konstantinovich Korneshov
- 1965-1973 - Boris Dmitrevich Pankin
- 1959-1965 - Yuriy Petrovich Voronov
- 1957-1959 - Aleksei Ivanovich Adzhubey
- 1950-1957 - Dmitriy Petrovich Goryunov
- 1948-1950 - Anatoly Blatin
- 1941-1948 - Borish Sergeyevich Burkov
- 1937-1938 - Nikolay Aleksandrovich Mihaylov
- 1932-1937 - Vladimir Mihailovich Bubekin (1904-1937)
- 1925-1928 - Taras Kostrov (Aleksandr Sergeevich Martynovskiy)
Beside Komsomolskaya Pravda that is issued in Russian, there are other similar yet not related publications were revived in CIS countries such as Komsomolskaya Pravda v Ukraine (Ukrainian Media Holding), Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belorussii (in Belarus), Komsomolskaya Pravda v Moldove (in Moldova). There is also a "European" edition (Komsomolskaya Pravda v Evrope) which is focused on the Russian diaspora in Germany, but can also be found in other EU countries, as well as on the Croatian Adriatic coast, catering to Russian-speaking tourists. A Baltic edition is available in Latvia, Estonia, and Finland.
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- Komsomolskaya Pravda Baltiya
- Official website (Russian)
- Baltic edition of the Komsomolskaya Pravda
- Belarussian edition (Russian)
- Ukrainian edition (Russian)
- Moldovan edition (Russian)
- Kazakh edition (Russian)
- Kyrgyz edition (Russian)
- Czech edition of the Komsomolskaya Pravda (Czech)