After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the oldest Soviet paper founded in 1903, Pravda, split into three different papers. Significant members of the main editorial staff (Viktor Afanasiev, Gennady Seleznev, Yuri Zhukov, Vera Tkachenko and Vadim Gorshenin) left Pravda to form the on-line version Pravda.ru.
Pravda.ru has an online readership of about 258,000.
The Russian oligarch, Sergey Veremeenko also hold interests in Pravda.ru and Pravda International.
In 2013 an op-ed by American senator and former presidential candidate John McCain published in it caused controversy. According to the Voice of America, politologist Alexander Tsipko said that McCain knows nothing about post-communist Russia.
- Gorshenin, Vadim (September 16, 2013). "There is no Pravda. There is Pravda.Ru". english.pravda.ru.
- "Называем Ходорковского серийным убийцей". gazeta.ru (in Russian). March 16, 2011.
- Duffy, Ryan (July 8, 2013). "Portrait of a Russian Oligarch". Vice. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
- Campbell, Charlie (September 19, 2013). "Did McCain Publish Putin Criticism in Wrong Pravda?". Time (magazine). Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- Blake, Aaron (September 19, 2013). "McCain goes after ‘corrupt’ Putin in op-ed for Russian outlet". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- "Russians React To John McCain's Pravda.ru Op-Ed". rferl.org. September 19, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- "Маккейн ответил Путину". golos-ameriki.ru (in Russian). September 19, 2013.
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