A year ago, the government announced the elimination of RIA Novosti and the establishment of an agency’s foreign audience “Russia Today”. What was the result?
Role in the management of “Russia Today” were distributed back to their positions: chief editor Simonyan increasingly engaged in the management, economic and financial issues, CEO Kiselev – editorial policy. One of the projects to which he pays special attention – InoSMI. “This is practically the only source of etnies skate about the outside world for the country’s leadership, much more efficient than the monitoring service of the same Ministry of Foreign Affairs”, – said Kovalev.
The case is not transferred to the new leadership Myronyuk Svetlana and her deputies.”Actually me Dmitry [Kiselev] took nothing,” – says “rain” Myronyuk. Upon liquidation RIA most of the top management, who worked with Myronyuk, the new structure was not invited. “Once I came to work, but already there sits a new boss and says:” We are not interested in working with you, “- says Kovalev. – Basically, I expected it. ”
Except for the dismissal of the Myronyuk, the elimination of RIA and “Voice of Russia” without its high-profile public scandals. “We expected the worst: there were rumors about rallies, protests,” – says Simonyan. Outraged were, but after Kiselev met with the staff of RIA and promised to implement a new project “with minimal losses,” they subsided. “Gone are only the most basic, the others have decided that if they leave, the compensation, – says one of the former employees of the agency. – There is no collective spirit in the end was not. ”
The elimination of RIA Novosti and the “Voice of Russia” Putin’s decree was released three months. The State was important to develop a best skate shoes Olympics – the agency was the status of the commissioner news Games.Before and during the Olympics special permutations were not, and after – began downsizing. Number of regional bureaus has been reduced from 69 to 19, and they left to work for one person. Simonyan and former employees RIA say that layoffs were on the Labour Code: all retrenched workers were compensated. Remaining employees were invited to state “Russia Today”. A total of 3,600 people working in the RIA and the “Voice of Russia” in 2300 passed a new agency.
Despite the promise of Kiselev, the management of “Russia Today” abandon some side projects that were part of a group of RIA Novosti: site were frozen Digit.ru, writing about technology and the Internet, and media city “in Moscow.”The paper version of the newspaper “Moscow News” was closed, and then sold the brand to the Moscow government. “The budget that we had not allowed to keep the whole state, and thus hold the changes that we wanted – says Simonyan. – With regard to the projects, some of them were not saved because of their non-compliance with our goals and objectives. “