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- Overall, we rate RIA Novosti Right-Center Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of state propaganda, numerous false claims, use of poor sources, and failed fact checks.
Reasoning: Russian Propaganda, Poor Sourcing, False Claims, Failed Fact Checks
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: LOW
Press Freedom Rank: LIMITED FREEDOM
Media Type: News Agency
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1941, RIA Novosti (РИА Новости) is a Russian government news agency that publishes news articles, radio shows, and videos. In 2013, Ria Novosti’s assets were liquidated, and it merged into the state media holding Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today). Rossiya Segodnya owns and operates RIA Novosti, and conservative news anchor Dmitry Kiselyov is the Director-General of Rossiya Segodnya. Kiselyov is known for ultra-conservative views and anti-gay comments.
RIA Novosti is based in Moscow, Russia
Funded by / Ownership
The Russian State government owns MIA Rossiya Segodnya or Russia Today, which operates RIA Novosti. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, RIA Novosti uses loaded emotional wording in headlines such as this: “SBU began hunting for those wishing to evacuate from Ukraine to Russia’” and “A rally in support of Russia was held in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” When it comes to sourcing, Ria Novosti occasionally uses credible sources such as Reuters and CNN.
Editorially, RIA is a propaganda arm of the Russian Government, with all stories reporting favorably on Russia and President Putin. Due to their promotion of propaganda, they have made dozens of false claims. See below for a shortlist of failed fact checks. In general, RIA Novosti holds a right-leaning bias and lacks credibility due to the promotion of state propaganda.
Failed Fact Checks
- “Kyiv blamed the disaster on the militias, who said they did not have the means to shoot down an aircraft at such an altitude.” – False
- “The FSB (federal security) detained 16 members of the Ukrainian youth radical association ‘MKU’ who were preparing attacks in different parts of Russia.” – Misleading
- “The U.S. has betrayed William Browder: a comedown for a pawn who imagined himself a queen” – False
- “Russia has gained control over the Ukrainian economy, an expert said.” – False
- “After [the U.S. authorities denied entry visas to members of the Russian delegation] the First and the Sixth Committees of the U.N. General Assembly, in protest, suspended their work for several hours.” – False
- “The DNR stated that Ukrainian nationalists in Kramatorsk seized about 20 OSCE SMM vehicles, the fate of the mission’s employees remains unknown.” – False
- “Russian muftis expressed support for the special operation in Ukraine and called it a forced preventive defensive measure, ‘based on the Holy Quran’.” – False
Overall, we rate RIA Novosti Right-Center Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of state propaganda, numerous false claims, use of poor sources, and failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 03/12/2022) Updated (03/18/2022)
Last Updated on March 18, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check