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Launched 1 January 1997
Owned by Ruslan Sokolov
Picture format 576i 4:3 (SDTV)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Country  Russia
Broadcast area Worldwide (except Russia)
Formerly called NTV International (1997-2002)

RTVi (Russian Television International) is an international Russian-language privately owned television network. Its primary audiences are the Russian-speaking communities of Israel, Germany and the US.

The channel studios are based in New York, Tel-Aviv, Berlin and Riga. Additional news bureaus of RTVi are located in Washington DC, London, Moscow, Kiev, Tbilisi, Yerevan and Chisinau. The channel launched on 1 January 1997 as NTV International, before rebranding as RTVi in 2002.

It has special programs focused on Israeli politics and the Russian-speaking communities (for example, "Israel for a week") in Israel and also Germany (with the program "Germany for a week").

Original Programming[edit]

RTVi airs daily world news, current affairs programs and family entertainment.


RTVi broadcasts by satellite and cable in Europe, Middle East, North America, South America, Asia and Australia. RTVi's European feed is not available in Russia.


RTVi's principal audience are millions of Russian-speaking viewers outside Russia. RTVi is a major source of information, in some cases it’s the only TV channel available for Russian-speaking communities.


RTVi is owned by Russian businessman Ruslan Sokolov who bought the channel from its founder Vladimir Gusinsky in 2012.


In March, 2012, Nina Lepchenko was appointed as RTVi's CEO. Alexey Zyunkin joined the team in May 2012 as RTVi's Vice President of Programming and Production. RTVi's News Director and Editor-in-Chief is Ekaterine Kotrikadze.

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