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VOA Broadcasting in Russian

Denied direct distribution and program placement on Russia’s media outlets, VOA Russian employs a digital-first strategy that is complemented by increased programming on television, the dominant media platform among Russian speakers, to inform, engage and connect the information-deprived Russian audiences across desktop, mobile and social platforms. The multimedia content of the service’s 24/7 Russian-language television and digital news network includes video streaming, social media native products, expert blogs and user-generated content and feedback that gives alternative viewpoints on important events in the United States and the target area not presented by Russian-controlled TV.

Quick Facts

Established: February 1947

Target Area: The Russian Federation, as well as the Russian-speaking population of former Soviet republics and globally

Weekly Audience: 3.1 percent

TV Programming: 8.08 hours per week

Programs and additional features available at:

Facebook: Golosameriki

Twitter: @golosameriki


Instagram: @golos_ameriki

VK: golosameriki

ChatBot Glasha on Telegram: @VOArussian

Mobile / Tablet Applications:

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Programs and Features

Programs and Features include:

Current Time America – A one-hour, live television newscast (Monday-Friday) that provides U.S. and international news and analysis, live political and policy reporting from Washington and New York, comprehensive coverage of presidential and congressional affairs, interviews with newsmakers, reports on health, science and technology, and entertainment news. A stringer network across the United States provides news and feature video reports from major American cities.

Current Time Itogi – A weekly (Saturday) 30-minute television magazine offering in-depth coverage and analysis of relevant developments in Russia, U.S.-Russian relations and U.S. policy.

Current Time Nedelya – A weekly (Sunday) 30-minute TV talk show featuring a live panel discussion with high-profile experts examining U.S.-Russian relations and offering unique perspectives regarding major news stories of the week.

Current Time Detali – A weekly 30-minute science and technology magazine that explores headlines in the area of space exploration, tech innovations, and breakthroughs in science and medicine.

New York, New York – A weekly 30-minute magazine show produced by the Russian Service’s team in the Big Apple. The fast-paced program features New Yorkers and their way of life, explains the historic significance and importance of iconic New York locations and takes viewers out of the studio and onto the streets of the city that never sleeps.

America Live Coverage Desk – VOA’s live, unfiltered coverage of events in America, streamed on the Current Time Channel and VOA-branded digital and social media properties that focuses primarily on U.S. policy issues, U.S.-Russian relations, and Russia’s malicious influence in the region. The program features real-time analysis by U.S.-based experts and simultaneously translated presidential addresses, major policy pronouncements, speeches, debates and congressional hearings.

Great American Road Trip – This documentary project explores the character of different American states and cities through stories about their people, history, culture and food. The series of 24-minute episodes showcases the uniqueness of each place and aims at breaking down Russian stereotypes about American society.

American Myths – A New-York based reporter explores various stereotypes about America that are widespread in Russia – from the “fake” American smile to “all Americans are wealthy.” The weekly digital-first series features vox-pops with Americans discussing what they think about Russian perceptions of their life.

Context – The host, a journalist and linguist, analyzes weekly the rhetorical manipulation of Russian officials and state media in misinterpreting both domestic and foreign events. This weekly video product is carried on all platforms.

What on Earth? – A 35-minute Sunday webcast that is also streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. The host takes viewers out onto the streets of Miami, his adopted hometown, to discuss hot topics of the week with experts and neighbors.