Agency judicial information RAPS, which became especially noticeable during the trials of the opposition, the new “Russia Today” also was not included. RAPS was established RIA Novosti in 2009 – along with the three higher courts: the Constitutional, Supreme and Supreme Arbitration (the last two were merged in 2014).RAPS exist as an autonomous organization and worked with the founders of contracts: it is exclusively supplied RIA news from the courts, the courts – newsletters. After the decree on the Elimination of RIA courts “took a break” in cooperation with rape, says general director of the agency Vitaly Ushkanov: “This mma gear is still ongoing.” Then the new leadership “Russia Today” announced that he would not renew the contract.
The contract with the RIA was the main source of income rape, now he has to seek funding on their own. Partially helps him in this Rospechat, there are some commercial contracts. But the situation is severe, wages are often delayed, told Forbes staff. In this case, rape continues to occupy its original location in the building on Zubovsky Boulevard. “And we are very grateful to the” Russia Today “that we – now as tenants – maintain access to all the resources that we need to work” – notes Ushkanov.
Along with the leadership of rape “Russia Today” was going to give up another project – Economic Agency “Prime”. ITAR-TASS, already owning 35% of the agency, offered to buy the remaining shares, however, says a source close to the Board of Directors of the “Prime”, talks stalled. RIA Novosti was required to repay the loan by more than 100 million rubles, taken in 2011 for the purchase of “Prime”. ITAR-TASS cover this debt would not. As a result, as explained Simonyan, “Russia Today” decided to “save” “Prime”. A case in point is, rather, only about a brand, as a significant part of the editorial board of “Prime” for a year already passed into other media.
“Sputnik” for foreigners
Commenting on the decree on the Elimination of RIA, CEO TASS Sergey Mikhailov in December 2013 stated that Russia does not need two state-owned news agency, duplicate each other’s functions. Mikhailov suggested that “Russia Today” fully dedicate himself to a foreign audience, leaving the Russian ITAR-TASS. However Simonyan Kiselev decided differently. “RIA Novosti was and still is a very successful brand in Russia, killing him would be unholy folly” – explains Simonyan. State and volume produced RIA content decreased (instead of several dozen specialized tapes left five), but in general, the agency continues to work as before, producing content for news feed and a closed site Ria.ru.
Indicators site Simonyan especially pleased. Ria.ru now headed by Anton Anisimov, who previously held the Spanish site RT. For the year Ria.ru audience grew from 1 million unique visitors a day to 1.3 million (data LiveInternet, November 2013 – November 2014). But the quality of the news on the site decreased significantly, Kovalev said: “Sources sucked from the cheap hand wraps: if the title cited some” US media “, it is the one and only newspaper circulation of 20 000 copies.”