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The Moscow News, which began publication in 1930, is Russia’s oldest English-language publication newspaper. Many of its feature articles used to be translated from the now defunct Russian Moskovskiye Novosti.


The Moscow News was founded by American socialist Anna Louise Strong and approved by the Communist leadership - at that time already fully controlled by Joseph Stalin - in 1930 as an international newspaper with the purpose of spreading the ideas of socialism to international audience. The paper was soon published in many languages, including major world languages, such as French, German, Spanish, and Arabic, as well as languages of neighboring countries, such as Finnish.

In 1949, The Moscow News was shut down after its editor-in-chief, Mikhail Borodin, was arrested (and most likely died in a prison camp (Gulags). The paper resumed publication under the supervision of the Communist Party on January 4, 1956.

At the onset of perestroika, the freeing of the press gave it the opportunity to openly address the democratic processes. Sergey Roy, who became the editor-in-chief in the late 1980s, made the Moscow News one of the first Soviet papers to experiment with glasnost and publish increasingly critical articles by a range of prominent intellectuals. Readership increased to one million copies per week and the paper was read throughout the country.

In 2004, the Moscow News began to introduce a fully colored front-page.

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