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Argumenty i Fakty
is a weekly newspaper based in Moscow
Moscow is the capital, the most populous city, and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural, scientific, religious, financial, educational, and transportation centre of Russia and the continent...
and a publishing house in Russia
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and worldwide. As of 2008, it is owned by Promsvyazbank and the newspaper is edited by Nikolay Zyatkov.
It was founded in 1978 by the Russian organisation "Knowledge" («3нание»). In 1980 AiF
was transformed into a weekly but was available only by subscription. After 1985, it was one of the leading publications in the Glasnost
Glasnost was the policy of maximal publicity, openness, and transparency in the activities of all government institutions in the Soviet Union, together with freedom of information, introduced by Mikhail Gorbachev in the second half of the 1980s...
campaign. AiF was listed in the Guinness Book of Records with the largest circulation of any weekly publication. In 1990 it had a print run of 33.5 million. As of 2008, the circulation was about 3 million copies, with about 8 million readers.