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Voice of Russia
TypeRadio network
OwnerRossiya Segodnya
(owner before 9 Dec 2013:
All-Russia State Television and Radio Company)
Launch date22 December 1993; 30 years ago (1993-12-22)
Closed9 November 2014; 9 years ago (2014-11-09)
Replaced bySputnik
Former names
Radio Moscow
Websiterus.ruvr.ru (inactive)

Voice of Russia (Russian: Голос России, romanized: Golos Rossii), commonly abbreviated VOR, was the Russian government's international radio broadcasting service from 1993 until 2014, when it was reorganised as Radio Sputnik.[1] Its interval signal was a chime version of 'Majestic' chorus from the Great Gate of Kiev portion of Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky.


Russian President Boris Yeltsin issued a decree on 22 December 1993 which reorganised Radio Moscow under a new name: Voice of Russia.[2]

On 9 December 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a presidential decree dissolving the Voice of Russia as an agency, and merging it with RIA Novosti to form the Rossiya Segodnya international news agency.[3]

Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of the Rossiya Segodnya, said in March 2014 that "We will stop using obsolete radio broadcasting models, when the signal is transmitted without any control and when it is impossible to calculate who listens to it and where."[4] The Voice of Russia ceased shortwave and European mediumwave radio broadcasts on 1 April 2014.[5] The service continued to be available worldwide via the internet, in selected regions on satellite, and in several cities on FM, AM (in North America) or local digital radio.

On 10 November 2014, the Voice of Russia was replaced by Radio Sputnik, part of the Sputnik News multimedia platform operated by Rossiya Segodnya.[1]

Broadcast languages[edit]

By 2013, the Voice of Russia had been broadcasting in 38 languages, including:[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Voice of Russia becomes Sputnik". uk.SputnikNews.com. The Voice of Russia. 10 November 2014. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Boris Yeltsin's decree in Russian language". InnovBusiness.ru. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  3. ^ "President Vladimir Putin issues decree to reorganize Voice of Russia, RIA Novosti to Rossia Segodnya news wire". VoiceofRussia.com. 9 December 2013. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Russia Today's English newswire to be launched in April". VoiceofRussia.com. 23 March 2014. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Voice of Russia to abandon shortwave in April 2014". The SWLing Post blog. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2017.[unreliable source?]
  6. ^ "About us". VoiceofRussia.com. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2013.