“The News Weekly”: a case study of the Soviet foreign propaganda magazine missing in action

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The article is devoted to the magazine “News”, which was launched to print in the USSR in English language in 1951 and was distributed in 80 countries by Stalin’s decision. The relevance of the work is due to the fact that this media, which played a prominent role in Soviet foreign policy propaganda, is currently not known even to specialists, and there is no scientifi c studies on this magazine. The study of information warfare technologies is important in analysing their methods in the period of their formation. Of particular importance are the studies of little-known Soviet foreign policy propaganda media, one of which is the magazine “News”. It was closed by a secret resolution of the Presidium of the Central Committee of the CPSU in late 1956 as a ‘publication that has exhausted its tasks.’ Sources are original copies of “News” in English and archival documents of the Central Committee of the CPSU, the USSR Foreign Ministry, the Council of Ministers of the USSR, declassifi ed after 1991, many of which are introduced into scientifi c circulation for the fi rst time.

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Elena A. Kotelenets

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

Author for correspondence.
Email: kotelenets_ea@pfur.ru

Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Department of Russian History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

10 Miklukho-Maklaya St., bldg. 2, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation

Maria Yu. Lavrenteva

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

Email: mlavrentyeva@yandex.ru

postgraduate student, Department of Mass Communications, Faculty of Philology

10 Miklukho-Maklaya St., bldg. 2, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation


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