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 online news & opinion website Pravda.ru.
According to politologist Stanislav Belkovsky, Pravda.ru is controlled by Konstantin Kostin and his wife Olga Kostina. The Russian politician, Sergey Veremeenko also holds interests in Pravda.ru and Pravda International.
The former URL english.pravda.ru, giving access to the English language part of the web site, now redirects to the domain pravdareport.com.
Pravda.ru has an online readership of about 258,000.
The organisation has been accused of supporting the Russian government's position on various subjects both within and outside the country and also of producing neo-Soviet, Russian nationalist news and outright conspiracy theories.
Pravda.ru has been known to produce tabloid style articles with outrageous claims in the headline, such as “Aliens forced Americans out from the Moon”, "Time machine built in Europe, Russian scientists say", “Time can be turned back”, “Alien and human skulls found on Mars”, "Nuclear strike hits Yemen", “Boriska, boy from Mars, says that all humans live eternally”, "Autotrophs: new kind of humans appears who neither drink nor eat", and “Nazi Germany achieved its technological advantage with aliens’ help”.
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- "Aliens forced Americans out from the Moon". Pravda.ru. October 3, 2007. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
- "Time Machine Built in Europe, Russian Scientists Say". Pravda.ru. August 6, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
- "Time Can be Turned Back". Pravda.ru. March 1, 2004. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
- "Alien and human skulls found on Mars". Pravda.ru. June 8, 2009. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
- "Nuclear strike hits Yemen". Pravda.ru. May 29, 2015. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
- "Boriska, boy from Mars, says that all humans live eternally". Pravda.ru. March 5, 2008. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
- "Autotrophs: new kind of humans appears who neither drink nor eat". Pravda.ru. June 8, 2009. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
- "Nazi Germany achieved its technological advantage with aliens' help". Pravda.ru. May 25, 2007. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
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