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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US contact lens maker to suspend Russia supplies

Russia Today 29 May 2023
American pharmaceuticals giant Johnson & Johnson is planning to suspend deliveries of contact lenses to Russia, RIA Novosti reported on Thursday, citing the corporation’s official distributor in the country ... they are not widely available in Russia, Kommersant reported....

How Sanctions Have Changed the Face of Chinese Companies in Russia

Moscow Times 29 May 2023
On the contrary, at least two Chinese tech giants — Lenovo and DiDi — faced a backlash on Chinese social media after it was reported that they planned to leave Russia in 2022 ... By that summer, Russian media reported that Huawei had begun closing its retail stores in Russia, both offline and online....

Lukashenko promises 'nuclear weapons for everyone' who joins Russia/Belarus alliance: report

Alternet 29 May 2023
In an interview with the Kremlin-sponsored Russia 1, Lukashenko said that governments allying themselves with Russia and Belarus will have access to nukes ... The Belarus president told Russia 1, "No one minds Kazakhstan and other countries having the same close relations that we have with the Russian Federation…....

Russia Launches Large Air Raid On Kyiv, 15th Attack In May

Khaama Press 29 May 2023
Early Monday, Russia began a fresh round of airstrikes against Kyiv using drones and cruise missiles ... According to the city’s military administration, Russia attacked on Monday using cruise missiles and drones built in Iran ... While Russia has its allies, it reportedly said that China and Iran support Russia in continuing the war with Ukraine....

Russia-Ukraine live news: Kyiv shoots down Russian missiles

Al Jazeera 29 May 2023
Russia’s interior ministry has put US Senator Lindsey Graham on a wanted list, Russian media reports said, citing the ministry’s database ... Russia’s defence ministry has confirmed its forces hit Ukrainian airbases overnight, according to a report by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti....

Latest in Ukraine: Russia Targets Kyiv with Drones, Missiles

Voa News 29 May 2023
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the promise by some Western countries to provide F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine is an "unacceptable escalation," and accused the West of what he called an attempt to "weaken Russia," Russian state-controlled media reports ... He said there were no reported injuries from the attack....

Latest in Ukraine: Zelenskyy Proposes Massive Sanctions Against Iran

Beijing News 29 May 2023
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the promise by some Western countries to provide F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine is an 'unacceptable escalation,' and accused the West of what he called an attempt to 'weaken Russia,' Russian state-controlled media reports. 'It's playing with fire,' Lavrov said, as quoted by Russia's foreign ministry....

Saudi Arabia calls Russia out over oil output WSJ

Beijing News 29 May 2023
Saudi Arabia has accused Russia of not entirely fulfilling its pledge to curb oil production in response to Western sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the matter ... The report also suggested that Russia hadn't fully implemented the planned production cuts....

Russia targets Kyiv with largest drone attack of conflict, killing 1

ABC7 29 May 2023
KYIV, Ukraine -- Russia launched its largest drone attack of the conflict yet on Ukraine's capital Kyiv, leaving one person dead and sparking fires across the city early on Sunday, CNN reported. In an update late Sunday, the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces said Russia unleashed 59 Iranian Shahed drones - 58 of which were shot down....

HRW Urges Vigilance On Cluster Munitions, Chides Russia For Usage In Ukraine

Radio Free Europe 29 May 2023
The report details how cluster munitions are being used in several conflict areas of the world, including by Russia, which HRW says has "repeatedly" used them since launching its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, causing hundreds of civilian casualties and damaging civilian objects, including homes, hospitals, and schools....

Ukraine war: Kyiv hit by new massive Russian drone attack

RNZ 29 May 2023
Russia has carried out a new massive drone attack on Ukraine's capital Kyiv ... Overall, Russia launched a record 54 so-called kamikaze drones on Ukrainian targets, 52 of which were shot down, Ukraine's Air Force reported ... Kyiv officials also reported that warehouses in the southern Holosiyivsky district had been set ablaze....

Ukraine's defense ministry says its Storm Shadow long-range missiles have hit 100% of their targets

Business Insider 29 May 2023
News of the Storm Shadow missile strikes comes after Ukraine reported that it had shot down six of Russia's Kinzhal missiles on May 16 — weapons that Russia had previously claimed were "unstoppable." ... However, Russia claimed that it had intercepted two of Ukraine's new Storm ......

Russia struggling to keep its SE Asia arms markets

Asiatimes 29 May 2023
This month, Asian Military Review reported that Russia is looking at new opportunities for “military-technical cooperation” – Russian parlance for arms sales – with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members ... He also said that Russia is open to new joint production schemes with the bloc’s members....

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