|Type||Federal State Unitary Enterprise|
|Founded||9 December 2013|
|Headquarters||Zubovsky Boulevard 4, |
|Products||Wire service, international radio, internet website|
|Owner||Government of Russia|
MIA Rossiya Segodnya (Russian: Россия сегодня, lit. 'Russia Today'; Russian pronunciation: [rɐˈsʲijə sʲɪˈvodʲnʲə]) is a media group owned and operated by the Russian government, created on the basis of RIA Novosti. The group owns and operates Sputnik, RIA Novosti, inoSMI and several other entities. The head of the organisation is Dmitry Kiselyov. Margarita Simonyan is the chief editor.
Rossiya Segodnya incorporates the former RIA Novosti news service and the international radio service Voice of Russia (formerly Radio Moscow). According to the Decree of the President of Russia on 9 December 2013, the mandate of the new agency is to "provide information on Russian state policy and Russian life and society for audiences abroad." Vladimir Putin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, said that Rossiya Segodnya was being created in order to increase the cost efficiency in Russian state media. However, RIA Novosti's own report about the move speculated it was an attempt to consolidate state control over the media sector and Western news outlets stated that this was also a move by Putin to propagate a more pleasant image of Russia abroad.
According to a report on the RT news channel, Rossiya Segodnya is "in no way related" to the RT news channel despite the similarity in name (RT was known as Russia Today prior to its rebranding in 2009). However, a report by the BBC states that it "seems likely [...] that [Rossiya Segodnya] will complement the work of the state-funded foreign-language TV station, RT." On 31 December 2013, Margarita Simonyan was appointed editor-in-chief of the news agency, as well as being RT's news channel editor-in-chief. She will serve in both positions concurrently.
On 10 November 2014, the agency launched the Sputnik multimedia platform with Radio Sputnik as its audio component, replacing the Voice of Russia. The radio service is available internationally on FM, digital DAB/DAB+ (Digital Radio Broadcasting), HD-Radio, as well as mobile phones and the Internet. Within Russia itself, Rossiya Segodnya continues to use the RIA Novosti brand as its Russian-language news agency using the website ria.ru.
In 2015 Rossiya Segondya received 6.48 billion rubles from the state budget. Following his transfer from Ukraine to Russia on 7 September 2019 as part of the Ukraine-Russia prisoner exchanges, Kirill Vyshinsky became the executive director of Rossiya Segodnya on 9 September 2019.
Allegations of homophobia
This organisatation is headed by Dmitry Kiselyov, a pro-Putin news presenter on the domestic Russia-1 television channel, who has gained significant controversy in the Western media with his remarks claiming foreign conspiracies against Russia and verbally abusing homosexuals.
Kiselyov, who has been described as the "spearhead" of such anti-LGBTQ propaganda on the network, has made various provocative comments regarding the Russian LGBTQ community. He has stated that a homosexual person's organs are unworthy of being transplanted to a heterosexual, and that gay men should be prohibited from donating blood or sperm. The Russian LGBTQ community has also been referred to by Kiselyov as an "aggressive minority" opposed to "parents fighting to give their children a healthy upbringing", stating falsified statistics that "40% of children brought up by homosexuals have venereal diseases".
Allegations of censorship
On 1 December 2014, Ukrainian journalist Oleksandr Chalenko accused Rossiya Segodnya of censorship after an interview with the former Defense Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Igor Strelkov. The Strelkov's press service and the agency's editorial staff reduced it, removing the confirmation of Igor Strelkov's own title of Colonel of the FSB and the negative assessment of the assault by Donetsk airport units.
On 17 May 2017 MIA Rossiya Segodnya design center was awarded The Communicator Awards: gold - in the category "Marketing and Promotion" and two silver.
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The move is the latest in a series of shifts in Russia's news landscape, which appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector.
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- "Sputnik closes Nordic language services". The Independent Barents Observer (in Russian). Retrieved 1 July 2020.
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- Kurylenko, Nina; Badanin, Roman; Luganskaya, Daria (5 November 2014). "Россия создаcт новый интернет-проект для пропаганды за границей" [Russia will create a new internet project for propaganda abroad]. RBK Group (in Russian). Retrieved 1 July 2020.
- "Kremlin welcomes exchange of detainees conducted between Russia and Ukraine: Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Director of RIA Novosti Ukraine Kirill Vyshinsky is among those who have returned to Russia". TASS. 7 September 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
- "Вишинському дали посаду в Росії" [Vyshinsky was given a position in Russia]. Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). 7 October 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
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- Muir, Martha (23 September 2021). "Russian disinformation campaigns change tack to get around western defences". Financial Times. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
- ""Россия сегодня" и Киселев запустили сайт об Украине" [Rossiya Segodnya and Kiselev launched a website about Ukraine]. BBC News Russian (in Russian). 18 June 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
- "Российский заказ: как работают сайты Baltnews" [Russian order: how Baltnews websites work]. Крым.Реалии (in Russian). RFE/RL. 31 August 2018. Archived from the original on 1 August 2021. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
- ""Дважды урезанное" интервью Стрелкова: ни слова об ФСБ" [Strelkov's "twice trimmed" interview: not a word about the FSB]. BBC Russian Service (in Russian). 2 December 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
- Ponomarev, Alexey (2 December 2014). "Интервью Стрелкова на «России сегодня» подверглось двойной цензуре" [Strelkov's interview on Rossiya Segodnya was double censored]. republic.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2 July 2020.
- "Дизайн-центр "Россия сегодня" везет в Россию три награды" [Design Centre "Rossiya Segodnya" is bringing three awards to Russia]. RIA Novosti (in Russian). 17 May 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
- Official website (in Russian)