Russia Beyond the Headlines
Russia Beyond the Headlines (RBTH) is a branch of Russian state-owned newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Rossiyskaya Gazeta is a Russian government daily newspaper of record which publishes the official decrees, statements and documents of state bodies...

 which publishes a number of foreign-language newspaper supplements
Supplement (publishing)
A supplement is a publication that has a role secondary to that of another preceding or concurrent publication.A follow-on publication complements its predecessor, either by bringing it up-to-date , or by otherwise enhancing the predecessor's coverage of a particular topic or subject matter, as in...

 and maintains the RBTH news website. The supplements are included in international newspapers in an effort to cultivate a positive view of Russia's political and economic environment abroad. The publication advertises itself as "an internationally recognized source of political, business and cultural news and analysis." It claims to offer "original, on-the-ground coverage of Russia
Russia or , officially known as both Russia and the Russian Federation , is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal subjects...

 from professional, independent journalists who are passionate and knowledgeable about the country, and opinion pieces from commentators who hold a wide range of views about Russia’s leadership and direction."

Russian state sponsorship

RBTH is published by the Russian government's
Government of Russia
The Government of the Russian Federation exercises executive power in the Russian Federation. The members of the government are the prime minister , the deputy prime ministers, and the federal ministers...

 daily newspaper of record Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Rossiyskaya Gazeta is a Russian government daily newspaper of record which publishes the official decrees, statements and documents of state bodies...


Rossiyskaya Gazeta provides the official publication of all laws, decrees, and official statements of state bodies. In addition to its official functions, Rossiyskaya Gazeta is also a general-interest daily newspaper offering regular coverage of news and events along with opinion and analysis.


RBTH pays newspapers to include its supplements, part of a wider effort by the Russian government to exert soft power
Soft power
Soft power is the ability to obtain what one wants through co-option and attraction. It can be contrasted with 'hard power', that is the use of coercion and payment...

 that includes heavy investment in international television network Russia Today
Russia Today
Russia Today may refer to:* Russia Today, an English language 24-hour television news channel from Russia. It was launched in 2005 and is not related to an online news service of the similar name operated by EIN News...

. Slate magazine criticized RBTH for its poor writing style and political agenda, saying "beneath the shattered syntax of these laughable pieces beats the bloody red heart of the tone-deaf Soviet propagandist."

International expansion

RBTH first starting publishing monthly supplements in 2007, and now has arrangements with the following international newspapers:
  • Russia Now in The Washington Post
    The Washington Post
    The Washington Post is Washington, D.C.'s largest newspaper and its oldest still-existing paper, founded in 1877. Located in the capital of the United States, The Post has a particular emphasis on national politics. D.C., Maryland, and Virginia editions are printed for daily circulation...

    (United States)

  • Russia Now in The Daily Telegraph
    The Daily Telegraph
    The Daily Telegraph is a daily morning broadsheet newspaper distributed throughout the United Kingdom and internationally. The newspaper was founded by Arthur B...


  • La Russie d’Aujourd’hui in Le Figaro
    Le Figaro
    Le Figaro is a French daily newspaper founded in 1826 and published in Paris. It is one of three French newspapers of record, with Le Monde and Libération, and is the oldest newspaper in France. It is also the second-largest national newspaper in France after Le Parisien and before Le Monde, but...


  • Russia & India Business Report in The Economic Times
    The Economic Times
    The Economic Times is an English-language Indian daily newspaper published by the Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.. The Economic Times was started in 1961. It is the most popular and widely read financial daily in India, read by more than 8 lakh people...


  • Russia & India Report in The Times of India
    The Times of India
    The Times of India is an Indian English-language daily newspaper. TOI has the largest circulation among all English-language newspaper in the world, across all formats . It is owned and managed by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd...


  • Russia & Bulgaria in Дума (Bulgaria) 

  • Gazeta Russa in Folha de São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Russia Oggi in La Repubblica
    La Repubblica
    la Repubblica is an Italian daily general-interest newspaper. Founded in 1976 in Rome by the journalist Eugenio Scalfari, as of 2008 is the second largest circulation newspaper, behind the Corriere della Sera.-Foundation:...


  • Rusia Hoy in Clarin
    Clarín (newspaper)
    Clarín is the largest newspaper in Argentina, published by the Grupo Clarín media group. It was founded by Roberto Noble on 28 August 1945. It is politically centrist but popularly understood to oppose the Kirchner government...


  • Rusia Hoy in El Pais (Spain)
  • Russland HEUTE in Süddeutsche Zeitung
    Süddeutsche Zeitung
    The Süddeutsche Zeitung , published in Munich, is the largest German national subscription daily newspaper.-Profile:The title literally translates as "South German Newspaper". It is read throughout Germany by 1.1 million readers daily and boasts a relatively high circulation abroad...

  • Russia & Serbia in Geopolitika (Serbia)

Online presence

In addition to the print supplements, RBTH maintains a website with expanded content and resources, including digital versions of the supplements. The digital supplements are also available by e-mail subscription.

RBTH has also been keen to build a presence on various social media sites:
  • Russia Beyond the Headlines on Facebook
  • Russia Beyond the Headlines on Twitter
  • Russia Beyond the Headlines on Linkedin

External links

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