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After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the oldest Soviet paper founded in 1912, Pravda, split into two different papers. Significant members of the main editorial staff (Viktor Afanasiev, Gennady Seleznev, Yuri Zhukov, Vera Tkachenko and Vadim Gorshenin) left Pravda to form the online news & opinion website Pravda.ru. Following a court case Pravda name was allowed to be used by both the newspaper owned by the Communist Party of Russia and the pro-Putin Pravda.ru ran by journalists associated with the defunct soviet Pravda.
According to politologist Stanislav Belkovsky, Pravda.ru is controlled by Konstantin Kostin and his wife Olga Kostina. The Russian politician, Sergey Veremeenko also holds interests in Pravda.ru and Pravda International. Pravda.ru was registered in November 1999 and has been published since January 27, 1999. Pravda.ru also launched an English version (pravdareport.com), a Portuguese version, as well as an Italian version. The printed version was registered by the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Press, TV and Radio Broadcasting and Mass Communications on 17 November 2003.
The former URL english.pravda.ru, giving access to the English language part of the web site, now redirects to the domain pravdareport.com.
The organisation has been accused of supporting the Russian government's position on various subjects both within and outside the country and also of producing neo-Soviet, Russian nationalist news and outright conspiracy theories. The media outlet which is a part of a larger pro-Kremlin media holding is said to have created an algorithm for vetting media outlets in terms of their pro-government ideological standing.
Pravda.ru has been known to produce tabloid style articles with outrageous claims in the headline, such as “Aliens forced Americans out from the Moon”, "Time machine built in Europe, Russian scientists say", “Time can be turned back”, “Alien and human skulls found on Mars”, "Nuclear strike hits Yemen", “Boriska, boy from Mars, says that all humans live eternally”, "Autotrophs: new kind of humans appears who neither drink nor eat", and “Nazi Germany achieved its technological advantage with aliens’ help”.
According to former State Duma deputy Boris Nadezhdin, Pravda.Ru is “a pro-Kremlin site that has been coming down on the opposition all the time”; according to Vladimir Pribylovsky, the site is maintained by the Department of Internal Policy of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation.
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