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.
Pravda.ru has an online readership of about 258,000.
Pravda.ru has long attracted controversy. The owners have been accused of supporting the Russian government's position on various subjects both within and outside the country and has been seen as nothing more than a propaganda tool, producing neo-Soviet, Russian nationalist news and outright false conspiracy theories.
Pravda.ru has produced outlandish articles with headings like “AIDS: 21st century’s biggest fraud”, “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" and “Boriska, boy from Mars, says that all humans live eternally”. The former URL english.pravda.ru, giving access to the English language part of the web site, redirects to the domain pravdareport.com.
- 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.
- "There is No Truth in Pravda". Dying Russia. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
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