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Russian Newspapers in the Library of Congress

Russian Online Newspapers

IU. M. Shokal'skii, cartographer. Gipsometricheskaia karta Rossiiskoi Imperii [Hypsometric map of the Russian Empire]. 1912? Library of Congress Geography & Maps Division.

The Library of Congress has many online newspapers from Russia or in the Russian-language. Most of the titles are paid resources and must be accessed onsite in one of the Library of Congress buildings. These databases or digital archives are described below in the section for Onsite Only Databases. A number of these databases also contain other news sources such as news magazines and newswires. The individual newspapers contained in most of the databases are listed in the sections of this guide that detail all of the Library's Russian newspaper titles, with a note in each entry on the date range of the digital holdings.

Following the section for Onsite Only Databases is a section for Freely Available Digital Newspapers and Resources, containing both current and historical titles. The most useful way to obtain the latest news and information in the vernacular from and about Russia is to visit the websites of current Russian newspapers. If identified, links to the website of current newspapers are given in each entry for the newspapers in the Library of Congress collection. The section below provides links to selected portals and digital collections. In addition, a link to freely available digital editions is provided in the entries for individual newspapers if one was located. For information in English try using websites of major newspapers outside of Russia such as theNew York Times, the Times of London, or the Washington Post. The Library of Congress has these three and many other English-language newspapers in its subscription database collection. Also see the section of this guide on Russian Newspapers in English.

Subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

Onsite Only Databases

All of the databases annotated below require onsite access within one of the Library of Congress buildings. Included are databases of current Russian newspapers, digital archives of complete runs of various historical newspapers, and some general non-Russian databases that have Russian news content.

Freely Available Digital Newspapers and Resources

Below are links to selected news portals and websites that provide access to freely available Russian digital newspapers or information about how to find such newspapers.