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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Moscow Times 19 May 2022
Google’s Russian branch has initiated a bankruptcy procedure over its inability to pay a $100-million fine for keeping up content Moscow deems illegal, media reported Wednesday as Russia continues to intensify its pressure on Big Tech following its invasion of Ukraine....

Ukrainian soldier fighting Russia says his own parents are convinced by Putin's propaganda and think ...

Business Insider 19 May 2022
Andrii Shadrin told Axios in an in-depth report about his fighting experiences in Donbas, the region home the fiercest battles between Russia and Ukraine ... It soon emerged that some were unable to persuade family members in Russia of the horror of the invasion, as Insider reported....

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OWP 19 May 2022
A report from RadioFreeEurope underscores the role of narrative-crafting and situated perspective in the landscape of Russia’s military management ... “Putin says the ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine is necessary because the United States was using Ukraine to threaten Russia,” concludes the Reuters report....

Washington hijacks ‘collective security of EU’ to serve anti-Russia strategy, benefit from NATO expansion

People Daily 19 May 2022
A report by Aljazeera quoted a source saying that Russia could deploy nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad if Finland and Sweden joined NATO ... for Russia," adding that he had "no problems" with either Finland or Sweden, the report said....

Russia firing senior commanders over poor performance in Ukraine: UK intelligence

The Hill 19 May 2022
A few notable officers have been suspended, the ministry said, including Lieutenant General Serhiy Kisel, who commanded the 1st Guards Tank Army, and Vice Admiral Igor Osipov, who commanded Russia’s Black Sea Fleet ... The report comes as Russia approaches its third month of fighting since it launched the invasion into Ukraine on Feb....

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 85

Al Jazeera 19 May 2022
Russia’s defence ministry said 771 Ukrainian fighters from the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol had surrendered in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 1,730, RIA reported on Thursday ... Russia has fired more than 2,000 missiles in Ukraine since the full-scale invasion began, Zelenskyy said....

Second Russian Civilian Death of Ukraine War After Cross-Border Fire

Moscow Times 19 May 2022
Russia reported Thursday its second civilian death since the start of the invasion of Ukraine as fighting near Russia's border with Ukraine intensified ... Russia reported its first civilian casualty in a cross-border attack last week when shelling in the Belgorod region village of Solokhi killed an 18-year-old student....

Russia Uses Ukraine’s Azovstal POWs in Demented New Propaganda Plot

The Daily Beast 19 May 2022
Russia has its own political processes, their own political groupings… which is why we must take their [claims] as political declarations aimed at a propagandistic effect and propagandistic goals for internal Russian consumption,” Anna Malyar told reporters on Thursday....

Silence from Kyiv as Russia claims more than 1,700 surrender in Mariupol

The Jamestown Sun 19 May 2022
Officers of Russia's Federal Security Service escort Denis Nuryga, a purported member of the Aidar Battalion under the Ukrainian armed forces who reportedly surrendered in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict, inside a court house in Rostov-on-Don, Russia on May 19, 2022.SERGEY PIVOVAROV/REUTERS ... Reuters was unable to verify the reports....

Google's Russian subsidiary will file for bankruptcy, citing asset seizure

Independent online (SA) 19 May 2022
The Wall Street Journal first reported the employee moves ... Before the invasion of Ukraine, Russia had already been flexing this power, sending agents to the home of a Google executive in Russia as part of the government's efforts to get an app run by opposition leader Alexei Navalny off Google's app store, The Washington Post reported in March....

Russia Approaches Chinese Firms to Revive Soviet-Era Moskvitch Cars – Reports

Moscow Times 19 May 2022
Russia is approaching Chinese companies to join in its bid to revive the Soviet-era Moskvitch car, the Vedomosti business daily reported Thursday, citing two unnamed sources. The report comes days after Moscow’s mayor announced plans to bring back the Moskvitch (Muscovite) ......

Google's Russian unit will file for bankruptcy after authorities seized its bank account, reports say

Business Insider 19 May 2022
Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images Google said the seizure of its bank account made it impossible for it to pay vendors and employees, the FT reported ... Google's Russian unit will file for bankruptcy after authorities seized the tech firm's bank account, according to media reports....
photo: AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez
FILE - This Tuesday, July 19, 2016, file photo shows the Google logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

Google to file for bankruptcy in Russia

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 19 May 2022
The company had already paused most of its commercial operations in Russia ... Authorities have ordered Google and 12 other tech companies to keep employees in Russia through a directive that some executives refer to as the "hostage law," according to reports from The Post, the New York Times and others....

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