Izvestia (Russian Известия; German messages, communications ) is a nationally published Russian daily newspaper. It is one of the oldest and most influential periodicals of today's Russia. The editors included, among other things, the Soviet politician Nikolai Bukharin.


It was founded as a newsletter of the Petrograd Soviet on 28 February (old calendar) 1917 in Petrograd. On October 27, 1917, the historic decree appeared to her about peace. While the Pravda was regarded as the official voice of the Communist Party, Izvestia served as the mouthpiece of the government, as it was announced by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Thus, it was considered the alleged voice of the people.

In the 60s, the newspaper was edited by the journalist Alexei Ivanovich Adschubei, the son of Nikita Khrushchev.

Izvestia was after the dissolution of the USSR ( former edition about 1.2 million copies) through privatization to the corporation.

Political and thematic orientation

The Izvestia addresses with a circulation of 230,000 copies to the well-heeled intelligentsia and political elite.

After the hostage -taking in Beslan in September 2004, the chief editor of the newspaper, Raf Shakirov was dismissed on political pressure, because the newspaper had reported too critical of the events.

By the spring of 2008, the newspaper was among 50.2% of the pro-government media giant Gazprom -Media, which had acquired a majority shareholding in the summer of 2005 by Prof- Media. In May 2008 it was announced that Gazprom - Media 's share in the newspaper about is the insurance company SOGAS. SOGAS in turn is majority owned by Bank Rossiya, whose shareholders and CEO of billionaire Yuri Kovalchuk is. At the same time the newspaper section, which was founded by J. Kovalchuk Holding National media group was. This is already the majority shareholder of the television channel Ren-TV and Channel Five.

The new publisher Aram Gabreljanow relies primarily upon online issue, rather than political and economic analyzes are quickly written texts and glamor Reports of violent crimes have the primacy. The print edition the next day only considered a " supplement ".