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Russia Celebrates Radio Day

Marked nation’s first radio communication

On the anniversary of physicist Alexander Popov’s initial radio communication on a wireless set he designed, in 1895, Russia celebrated its own Radio Day.

The holiday, which was held May 7, served as a reminder of the medium’s historical and current importance, for both the country and the world, according to the Voice of Russia.

In Yekaterinburg, volunteers celebrated the holiday by conducting a word of mouth experiment, which demonstrated the efficiency of radio communications.

President of the Politika Foundation and Chairman of the managing committee of the Russian World foundation Vyacheslav Nikonov explained that there are currently more Russian speakers outside of the country than living in it, which increases radio’s international importance, and the Voice of Russia alone broadcasts in 38 languages.