Russia-1 (Russian: Россия-1) is a state-owned Russian television channel founded in 1991. It belongs to the All-Russia State Television and Radio Company (VGTRK). Russia Channel was previously known as RTR (Russian: РТР). Russia-1 has the second largest audience in Russian television. In a typical week, it is viewed by 75% of urban Russians, compared to 83% for the leading channel, Channel One. The two channels are similar in their politics, and they compete directly in entertainment. Russia-1 has many regional variations and broadcasts in many languages.


Soviet period

Russia-1 had started in 1965 as Program 3 in the Soviet Union and moved to Channel 2 in 1967 when a new channel, Program 4 (now known as NTV), was officially launched and the Moscow Program, which started in 1956, was transferred to Channel 3. From the very start, it only hosted programs produced by the Ministry of Education of the Soviet Union, as well as children's programming, in monochrome. The move to a new channel frequency resulted in it being renamed Program 2 and becoming the second home of the national newscast Vremya since 1968.

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Russia discovers five Arctic islands

The News International 23 Oct 2019
Russia’s navy said on Tuesday it had discovered five new islands revealed by melting glaciers in the remote Arctic ... Glacier loss in the Arctic in the period from 2015 to 2019 was more than in any other five-year period on record, a United Nations report on global warming said last month....

The Latest: Pence says 5-day cease-fire in Syria has held

Cadillac News 23 Oct 2019
observer, told several reporters Tuesday ... Shoigu spoke to reporters Tuesday in Sochi, Russia after Russian and Turkish presidents made a deal to take shared control of the 440-kilometer (270-mile) Turkey-Syria border ... After that, Russia and Turkey will jointly patrol the area ... Erdogan spoke to reporters before traveling to Russia on Tuesday....

Russia, Turkey seal power in northeast Syria with new accord

Winston-Salem Journal 23 Oct 2019
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Russia and Turkey reached an agreement Tuesday that would cement their power in Syria, deploying their forces across nearly its entire northeastern border to fill the void left by President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal of U.S ... The biggest winners are Turkey and Russia ... There were no immediate reports of fighting resuming....

House passes bill to make doping conspiracies a crime

Journal Review 23 Oct 2019
The bill, passed Tuesday on a voice vote, was named after Grigory Rodchenkov, the Moscow anti-doping lab director who helped authorities uncover Russia's methods in a massive cheating scheme ... Olympic and Paralympic Committee and the U.S ... Tags ... Sochi Russia Eastern Europe Europe. Report an error ... ....

Iraq: American troops leaving Syria can't stay in Iraq

Times Free Press 23 Oct 2019
Speaking to reporters at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia, Esper said he'll have a discussion with the Iraqi defense minister on Wednesday ... Reports of sporadic clashes have continued between Turkish-backed fighters and the U.S.-allied Syria Kurdish forces despite a five-day cease-fire agreement hammered out on Thursday between U.S....

Brennan's CIA a subject of Barr's review of Russia investigation: report

The Hill 22 Oct 2019
Investigators reviewing the origins of the Russia probe are reportedly looking into the CIA's actions when John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanFederal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review ... Politico, citing anonymous sources, reported that Attorney ......

Summit showcases Russia’s growing Africa clout

The Siasat Daily 22 Oct 2019
President Vladimir Putin opens Russia’s first ever summit with dozens of African leaders on Wednesday as Moscow seeks to vie for influence on the continent with the West and China ... At the same time Russia should not be dismissed as a minor player, Stronski, a former US State Department analyst, said in a report this month....

Former Russian Olympic Games official arrested by ICE in Florida

The Hill 22 Oct 2019
A former official with Russia's preparation efforts for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games has been ... Bilalov's involvement in any criminal proceedings was unclear, but the Herald reports that he has been under suspicion in Russia for years of embezzling funds....

Roscongress Foundation Prepares Analysis Of Foreign Trade Relations Between Russia And Africa

Modern Ghana 22 Oct 2019
... division of the Roscongress Foundation have prepared a report entitled lsquo;Russia ndash;Africa....

Russia to Ban Facebook if US Blocks Libra Cryptocurrency

The Bitcoin News 22 Oct 2019
Speaking to reporters on Oct ... “If Libra launches without controls, or Gram, the likelihood of the scenario appearing in which we block (Facebook) significantly increases, not just in Russia but in every country,” he said. According to Peskov, Russia would take its cue from the US regarding Libra, given Facebook’s heritage....

Russia, Turkey hold talks on future of border region

News & Record 22 Oct 2019
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — As the leaders of Russia and Turkey sought to work out the fate of the Syrian border region, the United States ran into a new hitch in getting its troops out of Syria, with neighboring Iraq's military saying Tuesday that the American forces did not have permission to stay on its territory ... Russia has powerful sway on all sides....

Russia, Turkey leaders hold talks on fate of Syria border

The News-Gazette 22 Oct 2019
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The presidents of Turkey and Russia met in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi on Tuesday, hours before a five-day cease-fire between Turkish troops and Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria was set to expire ... Meanwhile, Russia has stepped into the void to strengthen its role as a power broker in Syria....

Kurds say pullout from Syrian border region complete

Winston-Salem Journal 22 Oct 2019
and Kurdish official said, as the leaders of Turkey and Russia sought to work out the fate of the border region ... Meanwhile, Russia has stepped into the void to strengthen its role as a power broker in Syria ... Seeking protection after being abandoned by the Americans, the Kurds turned to the Syrian government and its main ally, Russia....