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BBC Russian Turns 70

Thursday marked the seventh decade since the networks first shortwave broadcast in 1946

BBC Russian celebrated its 70th anniversary as a service bringing global stories to a Russian speaking audience.

People in the then-USSR became familiar with the words “Govorit London” (which translates as “London Calling” in English), for the stories provided to the Russian people that were often ignored or silenced domestically.

BBC Russian today is a digital service that continues to report on events in Russia and regional stories in a global context for a world audience of 5.5 million every week.

BBC World Service Regional Editor, Europe, Artyom Liss, was quoted in the announcement: “It’s an exciting time to be celebrating our landmark 70th anniversary, as we make plans to expand what the BBC can offer Russian-speaking audiences following the recent investment into World Service.”

You can catch content honoring the 70th anniversary of BBC Russian on its website and on the BBC’s social media platforms.