Moskovskij Komsomolets

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Moskovskij Komsomolets
Moskovskij Komsomolets frontpage.jpg
The front page of MK (PDF ver.)
on 27 November 2008.
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Editor-in-chief Pavel Gusev
Founded 1919
Language Russian
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
123995, г. Москва, ул. 1905 года, д. 7, стр. 1.
Circulation 930,000[1]
ISSN 1562-1987

Moskovskij Komsomolets (Russian: Московский комсомолец, "Moscow Komsomolets") is a Moscow-based daily newspaper with a circulation approaching one million, covering general news.[2] Founded in 1919, it is now regarded as publishing sensational or provocative items on Russian politics and society.[3]


The newspaper was first published by the Moscow Committee of the Komsomol on 11 December 1919 as Yuny Kommunar (Russian: Юный коммунар, "Young Communard"). Over the next years it changed its name several time, starting a few months after the first issue when it became the Yunosheskaya Pravda (Russian: Юношеская правда, "Youth Truth"). In 1924, after Lenin’s death, it was renamed to Molodoy Leninets (Russian: Молодой ленинец, "Leninist-to-Be"). It took its present-day name in September 1929.[4]

Between 1931 and 1939 the paper ceased publication. It was revived in 1940 but not for long: the war interrupted publishing again in August 1941. Publishing resumed only on 2 October 1945. Until 1990 it served as the organ of the Moscow Committee and the Moscow City Committee of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League. In 1991 it was taken over by its editorial staff.[4]


Since 1983 Pavel Gusev serves as MK’s editor-in-chief.[5]

Previous editors-in-chief

  • Aleksandr Subbotin 1951–1958.
  • Arkady Udaltsov 1968–1974.
  • Lev Gushchin, 1977–1983.


The paper specialises in topical social and political material, economic surveys, city news, urban chronicles and diverse information.[4]

ZD Awards[edit]

MK is also known as the host of Russia's oldest hit parade - the Zvukovaya Dorozhka (Russian: Звуковая Дорожка, "sound track"). It was founded in autumn 1975 by Artur Gasparyan and has been published monthly in the paper since 1977.[6] Also called the ZD Awards, it features both Russian and international acts. Since 2003 it is presented in a ceremony in concert halls. It’s considered one of the major Russian music awards.[7]


According to a poll conducted in May 2004 by the Levada Center, 9% of the Russians and 33% of the Moscovites who responded, read the paper "more or less regularly". For the year 2000 the poll reports 11% and 40%, respectively.[8]

It has a printed circulation of between 700,000[4] and 930,000[1] copies.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Московский Комсомолец [Moskovsky Komsomolets] (in Russian). РИА О'Кей. 7 June 2004. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Moskovskiy Komsomolets". Mondo Times. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Размещение рекламы в газете Московский комсомолец (МК) Archived 7 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b c d Газета "Московский комсомолец". Справка
  5. ^ Гусев Павел Николаевич [Gusev Pavel Nikolayevich] (in Russian). Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Погодин, Сергей (16 April 2013). "Звуковая Дорожка. ZD-Awards 2013! 19 апреля «Известия Холл»" [Zvukovaya Dorozhka. ZD-Awards 2013! 19 April in Izvestiya Hall] (in Russian). Archived from the original on 25 April 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "ZD Awards to Take Place in Izvestia Hall". 11 April 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Чтение газет в России и Москве [Reading of newspaper in Russia and Moscow] (in Russian). Levada Center. 7 June 2004. Archived from the original on 2 April 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 

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