|Type||Federal State Unitary Enterprise|
|Founded||9 December 2013|
|Headquarters||Zubovsky Boulvard 4, Moscow, Russia|
|Key people||Dmitry Kiselyov|
|Products||Wire service, international radio|
|Owner(s)||wholly owned by federal government (as unitary enterprise)|
|Subsidiaries||Voice of Russia|
Federal State Unitary Enterprise International Information Agency Russia Today or Russia Today (Russian: Россия Сегодня) is the official Russian government owned international news agency founded by presidential decree on 9 December 2013. It incorporates the former RIA Novosti news service and the Voice of Russia international radio service (formerly Radio Moscow). It will be headed by Dmitry Kiselеv,1. According to the presidential decree, the mandate of the new agency is to “to provide information on Russian state policy and Russian life and society for audiences abroad.”2
President Vladimir Putin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, said that Russia Today was being created out of concern for cost efficiency in state media,3 but RIA Novosti's report about the move speculated it was an attempt to consolidate state control over the media sector.4
According to a report on the RT news channel the Russia Today news agency 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).2 However, a BBC report states that it "seems likely... that [Russia Today] will complement the work of the state-funded foreign-language TV station, RT."5
- "Putin orders overhaul of top state news agency". RT. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- Myers, Steven Lee (9 December 2013). "With No Notice, Putin Scraps Kremlin News Agencies". New York Times. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- "RIA Novosti to be liquidated in state-owned media overhaul". RIA Novosti. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- "Putin's RIA Novosti revamp prompts propaganda fears". BBC News. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
- Presidential executive order on measures to make state media more effective (English)
- Presidential executive order on measures to make state media more effective (Russian)
- Putin Shuts State News Agency RIA Novosti
- RIA Novosti to Be Liquidated in State-Owned Media Overhaul
- Russian news agency RIA Novosti closed down
- Putin Reorganizes State Media Into New Conglomerate
- Putin's RIA Novosti revamp prompts propaganda fears
- Putin dissolves state news agency, tightens grip on media
- With No Notice, Putin Scraps Kremlin News Agencies