Izvestiia (or “News”) served as the paper of record—the official daily newspaper—of the Soviet government from 1917 until the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, when Izvestiia became an independent publication.

About Izvestiia

During the February Revolution of 1917, Izvestiia was founded in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg) as the main newspaper of “The Petrograd Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies.” At the time, Izvestiia reflected the views more common among the Menshiviks and other democratic socialist parties, with a moderate lean toward other liberal opposition groups. After the October Socialist Revolution, Izvestiia passed into the hands of the Bolsheviks. When the new Soviet government transferred the capital to Moscow, the newspaper was relocated as well.

During the Soviet era, Izvestiia became the mouthpiece of the Kremlin, informing the public of government policies through its pages.

Continuously published for over 90 years, Izvestiia’s prominence endures today as one of the most subscribed news sources of contemporary Russia. It now covers domestic and foreign policy, commentary, culture, education, and finance.

Why Izvestiia is Important to Researchers Today

Researchers of language, history, international relations, economics, social sciences, and more have access to a rich source of Russian documentary history from this one newspaper. From the first day of publication in February 1917, Izvestiia published first-hand accounts of events that shook the world, from the Russian Revolution, the liberation of Nazi concentration camps, Sputnik, and the fall of the Berlin wall. During the Soviet era, Izvestiia was less ideologically vocal than official party newspapers, which was especially relevant during the Khrushchev era “Thaw” when the paper’s editors advocated de-Stalinization and reform. With correspondents in more than 30 foreign countries, Izvestiia was an important channel for Soviet foreign policy, recognized for its extensive international coverage.

Izvestiia Digital Archive

Izvestiia Digital Archive delivers unprecedented access to a repository chronicling the dramatic transformation of Soviet society, from Izvestiia’s beginnings as the official publication of Lenin's revolutionary contemporaries, to its status as the official publication of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, to Russia today. East View’s conversion of Izvestiia into full-image text searchable files saves researchers significant time and effort, with the complete archive available online, from 1917.

The Izvestiia Digital Archive contains over 100 continuous years, comprising over 25,000 issues. With approximately 186,000 pages in full-image format, there are over 300,000 photographs and other graphics and nearly 1,000,000 articles, with available text for searching. The convenience of browsing full pages is similar to working with print originals, allowing users to browse, search and focus on graphic images and text.

Izvestiia home page on East View's UDB platform

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