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RIA Novosti Preps for Change

Published: March 12, 2014 (Issue # 1801)



  • RIA Novosti, pictured above, and the state radio service Voice of Russia are to both be merged into Rossia Segodnya.
    Photo: Vladimir Filonov / SPT

Three months after asurprise Kremlin announcement that Russian state news agency RIA Novosti was tobe liquidated, changes are under way atthe company.

As employees were asked to schoose whether tostay onat RIA Novostis replacement agency or sign redundancy contracts, theagencys editor-in-chief Iraklii Gachechiladze said Thursday that staffing procedures forthe new company were almost complete andthat its final structure could be unveiled next week.

Related: RIA Novosti Employees Await Word on Fate of News Agency

Employees up toand including theagencys editor-in-chief were stunned onDec. 9 bya presidential decree liquidating RIA Novosti, Russias largest state-run news agency.

Under thedecree, RIA andthe state radio service Voice ofRussia are tobe disbanded andtheir remaining structures merged intoa replacement media organization named Rossia Segodnya, which is Russian forRussia Today.

News andcommentary website Slon.ru ran astory Wednesday quoting aletter sent toemployees ofRIA Novostis regional offices inwhich thedepartments head described thesituation as a rather bleak picture.

The letter said thenumber ofregional correspondents would be slashed, while those remaining will work fromhome, thereport said.

Gachechiladze criticized thereport, saying Slon.ru had failed toproperly secure RIA Novostis position ondevelopments.

Related: http://www.sptimes.ru/story/38685

Even respected publications such as Slon.ru are not trying toreach RIAs press service before publishing materials, said Gachechiladze. All thereforms are taking place with as much transparency as possible, therefore there is no need torely ondifferent interpretations ofthe events taking place.

Even rank-and-file employees within thecompany have been left largely inthe dark about plans forRossia Segodnya andabout thespecifics ofits future editorial policy since theRIA Novosti liquidation news was announced, however.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Sept. 18


Get your nerd on at Boomfest, St. Petersburgs answer to the United States popular ComicCon. Starting today, this international festival of comics will take over venues throughout the city center and includes exhibitions of comics and illustrations, film screenings, competitions and the chance to meet the genres authors, artists and experts.



Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBAs newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is Handmade in Germany, an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during todays Djembe and Vuvuzela, a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of todays round table discussion on Interaction with Trade Unions being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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