On January 13, Russia celebrates the professional holiday of workers of periodicals and mass media, called the Day of the Russian Press. Since 1997, traditionally on this day, the award of the President of Russia in the field of media and grants to support the projects of young journalists has been awarded, calend.ru reports.
It is noted that this day is associated with the beginning of the publication of the first Russian printed newspaper. On January 13, 1703, by decree of Peter I, the first issue of the Russian-language newspaper “Vedomosti” (“Gazette”) was published, which was called “News About the Military and Other Issues Worthy of Knowledge and Memory That Happened in the Moscow State and in Other Neighbouring Countries”. The newspaper was published in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
It is specified that since January 1, 1870, it was allowed to subscribe to periodicals, which was the first practice of subscriptions at that time, and already by 1914 more than three thousand periodicals were published. According to experts, at the beginning of 2009, more than 33 thousand printed publications were registered in Russia, which is two times more than was registered in 2000.