|Type Daily newspaper|
Editor-in-chief Pavel Gusev
|Headquarters Moscow, Russia 123995, г. Москва, ул. 1905 года, д. 7, стр. 1.|
Moskovskij Komsomolets (Russian: Московский комсомолец, "Moscow Komsomolets") is a Moscow-based daily newspaper with a circulation approaching one million, covering general news. Founded in 1919, it is now regarded as publishing sensational or provocative items on Russian politics and society.
The newspaper was first published by the Moscow Committee of the Komsomol on 11 December 1919 as Yuny Kommunar (Russian: Юный коммунар, "Young Communard"). Over the next years it changed its name several time, starting a few months after the first issue when it became the Yunosheskaya Pravda (Russian: Юношеская правда, "Youth Truth"). In 1924, after Lenin’s death, it was renamed to Molodoy Leninets (Russian: Молодой ленинец, "Leninist-to-Be"). It took its present-day name in September 1929.
Between 1931 and 1939 the paper ceased publication. It was revived in 1940 but not for long: the war interrupted publishing again in August 1941. Publishing resumed only on 2 October 1945. Until 1990 it served as the organ of the Moscow Committee and the Moscow City Committee of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League. In 1991 it was taken over by its editorial staff.
Since 1983 Pavel Gusev (Russian: Павел Николаевич Гусев, born 4 April 1949 in Moscow) serves as MK’s editor-in-chief.
The paper specialises in topical social and political material, economic surveys, city news, urban chronicles and diverse information.
MK is also known as the host of Russia's oldest hit parade - the Zvukovaya Dorozhka (Russian: Звуковая Дорожка, "sound track"). It was founded in autumn 1975 by Artur Gasparyan and has been published monthly in the paper since 1977. Also called the ZD Awards, it features both Russian and international acts. Since 2003 it is presented in a ceremony in concert halls. It’s considered one of the major Russian music awards.
According to a poll conducted in May 2004 by the Levada Center, 9% of the Russians and 33% of the Moscovites who responded, read the paper "more or less regularly". For the year 2000 the poll reports 11% and 40%, respectively.
It has a printed circulation of between 700,000 and 930,000 copies.