In Russia it is hard to speak about national press. Based in Moscow, the National Circulation Service is responsible for monitoring press circulation in Russia.
All the major national titles are based in Moscow, many Russians living in the regions prefer to take local papers instead. Besides the largest and the most popular newspapers, such as Argumenty i Fakty, Izvestia, Kommersant, have local additions. In Moscow and in Saint Petersburg people read newspapers as they are and in other cities people read only local additions, which contain important national news along with some information about the native town.
The Russian press is more like that of Britain. There is a great number of tabloids and not so many quality papers. But there are a lot of popular magazines of small size, much more than popular newspapers.
Newspaper ownership in Russia was dominated by the so-called oligarchs, who controll interests in many of the leading titles. In recent years, however, several of the most influential papers have been bought by companies with close links to the Kremlin, state-owned energy giant Gazprom among them. In Russia the press considers to be independent and free of censorship, but in reality it is not. The press has great political bias.
In Russia there are three large news agencies and also the Russian quality papers are subscribers of Reuters. Interfax was the first non-state news agency in the USSR. Itar-TASS is the largest state news agency and Ria-Novosti is the federal news agency concerning itself with international events.