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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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy surrounded by servicemen as he visits the war-hit Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, on Oct. 14, 2021

Putin demands NATO guarantees not to expand eastward

The Spokesman-Review 02 Dec 2021
Secretary of State Antony Blinken, noting that Putin could quickly order an invasion of Ukraine, warned that Washington stands ready to inflict heavy sanctions on Russia if he does ... Western allies reportedly considered such a step during earlier escalations of tensions over Russia’s actions regarding Ukraine....

Putin has ‘no right’ to demand Ukraine be excluded from alliance - Nato chief

Irish Independent 02 Dec 2021
Russia has “no right” to demand Ukraine be permanently excluded from Nato, the head of the military alliance said yesterday , as President Putin suggested he would insist on such a move as a guarantee of peace ...Russia has no veto, Russia has no say and Russia has no right to establish a sphere of influence, trying to control their neighbours....

Ukraine appeals to Nato to prepare sanctions to deter possible Russian invasion

Irish Independent 02 Dec 2021
Ukraine has appealed to Nato to prepare economic sanctions on Russia to deter a possible invasion by tens of thousands of Russian troops concentrated within reach of its border ... “We will call on the allies to join Ukraine in putting together a deterrence package,” Mr Kuleba told reporters as he arrived for the talks in Riga....

Poland Says Migrant Crisis At Belarusian Border Could Last Months

OWP 02 Dec 2021
Eight people are reported to have died, including one unconfirmed child who may have frozen to death, according to Al Jazeera and other publications ... conditions, Reuters reports ... However, Russia’s deputy ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy told reporters before the U.N ... News reports....

Kanchelskis calls in police, FIFA after ‘leg break threats’ over $1.8MN pay-off

Russia Today 02 Dec 2021
Ex-Man United and Russia footballer Andrei Kanchelskis is seeking criminal action over threats that reportedly involved breaking his legs because of a pay-off, admitting feeling "fear" but insisting he will not be intimidated. The alleged incident reportedly related to Kanchelskis' work at Uzbekistan Super League side Navbahor Namangan....

Wed. 10:18 a.m.: Putin demands NATO guarantees not to expand eastward

The Vindicator 02 Dec 2021
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a ceremony to receive credentials from foreign ambassadors in Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, today ... MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said today that Moscow would seek Western guarantees that would preclude any further NATO expansion and deployment of its weapons near Russia’s borders....

Appeals court orders release of some Mueller report passages

Republican American 02 Dec 2021
WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to disclose certain redacted passages from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation report that relate to individuals who were investigated by prosecutors but not ultimately charged....

Canada diplomats say Ottawa mishandled 'Havana Syndrome' crisis

Urdu Point 02 Dec 2021
A source close to the case told AFP there were two reports just this year of diplomats forced to end their tours of duty in Havana earlier than scheduled after experiencing symptoms ... Later, cases were also reported among diplomats working in Australia, Austria, China, Colombia, Germany, Russia and even Washington....

After delay, NASA astronauts set for spacewalk to replace faulty space station antenna

Gulf Daily News 02 Dec 2021
But NASA calculates that remaining fragments continue to pose a "slightly elevated" background risk to the space station as a whole, and a 7% higher risk of puncturing spacewalkers' suits, as compared to before Russia's missile test, Weigel told reporters on Monday....

Canadian envoys fault Ottawa for 'Havana Syndrome' neglect

Urdu Point 02 Dec 2021
A source close to the case told AFP there were two reports just this year of diplomats forced to end their tours of duty in Havana earlier than scheduled after experiencing symptoms ... Later, cases were also reported among diplomats in China, Germany, Australia, Russia, Australia and even Washington .......

One of three Russian planes with evacuees from Afghanistan lands in Moscow

Beijing News 02 Dec 2021
This came after three Russian military transport aircraft were deployed to Kabul for delivering humanitarian aid and evacuating Russian, Kyrgyz and Afghan students who study in Russia's universities. As reported by the Sputnik news agency, the planes later took off from Kabul with 214 passengers....

12/10: Trump pushes back against claims of Russia working to get him elected; Gatlinburg reopens ...

CBS News 02 Dec 2021
President-elect Donald Trump is pushing back against claims that Russia worked to get him elected. Errol Barnett reports; Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden ... ....

Iran says not to sacrifice demands for meeting deadline of nuke talks

China Daily 02 Dec 2021
According to the IRNA report, with the presence of representatives from Iran, the P4+1 group, namely Britain, China, France, Russia plus Germany as well as the European Union, the nuclear talks began at the expert level on Wednesday morning ... The majority of diplomats involved in the talks have described the atmosphere of talks as "positive." ... ....