December 10, 2013
Russian President Putin Scraps RIA Novosti
RIA Novosti Headquarters
The Kremlin announced Monday the dissolution of RIA Novosti, the country’s major state-run news agency, amid a significant reorganization of state-owned media assets.Apparently, the shutdown of RIA Novosti, which 'must be carried out by the government within three months,' came as a surprise to the workers.
News agency RIA Novosti and the state-owned Voice of Russia radio will be scrapped and absorbed into a new media conglomerate called Rossiya Segodnya, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin.
The move is the latest in a series of shifts in Russia’s news landscape, which appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector.