English-language Media in Russia

Information about the local and international English-language print and broadcast media available in Russia…

There is a wide range of media available for English speakers, from state-owned publishers, international titles on sale in the larger cities and from independent online portals. Print editions can be bought at news stands and street kiosks around cities, at upmarket stores, in the high-end hotels, or may be available for free or to browse at the Foreign Literature Library in Moscow, below.

  • Foreign Literature Library (Vserossiyskaya Gosudarstvennaya Biblioteka Inostrannoi Literatury, “Inostranka” / ????????????? ??????????????? ?????????? ??????????? ??????????, «??????????»)
    At
    : ul Nikoloyamskaya 1, Moscow, 109189
    Tel
    : (495) 915 3636

This library is home to a splendid collection of early printed books as well as a research centre with collections of studies in arts, humanities and social sciences. It celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2012, and the library regularly hosts cultural events, talks from leading authors and exhibitions of contemporary photographers. Also housed within the library is the American Centre, British Council, Dutch Educational Centre, French Cultural Centre, Informational Office of the European Union in Russia, and the Japan Foundation.

Print Media

Most major publications are available online as well as in print. For a more portable digital version, apps like the Mail Plus App from the UK's Daily Mail Group allow the latest news to be read on a phone or tablet, often for much less than the cost of a subscription.

  • The Moscow News (Moskovskie Novosti, ?????????? ???????) – available in print, online or for smartphones
  • The Moscow Times – Russia’s only daily English-language newspaper available in print or online with regular features including classifieds and a What’s On guide for events in Russian cities
  • Element – leading magazine for expats, also available online

Online Media

As well as the sites for the publications listed above, other online sources of information include:

  • Time Out Russia – listings website (in Russian) covering a number of cities
  • Afisha – listings website (in Russian) covering several different cities
  • Russia Beyond the Headlines – published by the Russian-language Rossiyskaya Gazeta (Russian Newspaper), it is available online in several languages and covers international and Russian news, politics, culture, sport, society, lifestyle, tourism and has a blog from independent contributors
  • Russia: Other Points of View – a different look at what is happening in Russia and at US/Russian relations
  • RIA Novosti – one of Russia’s leading news agencies and heavily influenced by the state, RIA Novosti publishes on all aspects of Russian politics, culture, sport and lifestyle
  • Voice of Russia – an online portal from one of the oldest English-language radio stations in Russia

Online News

International News Links

Angloinfo delivers an extensive English-language news service, drawn from sources around the world. Additionally you can often read your favourite newspaper online:

UK

Ireland

USA

Canada

Australia

New Zealand

South Africa

Television

There are no Russian terrestrial TV channels broadcasting in English. However, several of the major cable and satellite TV operators offer English-language channels or programming as part of their service. For more information on these providers and the channels available, see the section on Television in Russia.

One of Russia’s first global TV channels aimed at an English-speaking audience, the state-supported Russia Today offers news and features on politics, lifestyle, culture, society and sport.

Radio

Russia has no radio stations broadcasting in English, but the main BBC stations and other English-language radio stations can be received via many satellite and cable TV companies or over the Internet. Previously broadcast programmes can often be listened to again or downloaded.

One Russian radio service available in English worldwide on the web is Voice of Russia.

Radio on the Internet: English-language stations online

Radio stations often stream their broadcasts on the Internet. In order to listen to their programmes it is necessary to have RealPlayer or Windows Media Player, both of which can be downloaded.