WASHINGTON (July 25, 2003)–A Russian-language edition of National Geographic will launch in October 2003, broadening the international reach of the magazine that has set the standard for excellence in reporting, photography and mapmaking.
Andrei Doubrovski, a long-time Novosti (Russian information agency) correspondent in Africa, with extensive experience in the Russian magazine market, is the editor-in-chief of National Geographic’s Russian-language edition. It will be produced in partnership with the AST Publishing Group and will be the 24th local-language edition of National Geographic magazine. The AST Publishing Group is a leading consumer publishing company in Russia, with more than 10,000 book titles and a series of local magazines.
Published under license from the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., the Russian-language version will follow closely the editorial content of the English-language original. It will be produced to the exacting standards of the Society, in the same format with the familiar yellow-bordered cover. Some sections of special interest to Russian readers will be added, covering such topics as the history of the long relationship between the Society and Russian scientists, explorers and researchers.
The official journal of the Society, National Geographic magazine provides in-depth editorial coverage of cultures, nature, science and technology. Published in English since 1888, the magazine is now also published in Japanese, Spanish (separate editions for Spain and Latin America), Italian, Greek, Hebrew, French, German, Polish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese (separate editions for Portugal and Brazil), Turkish, Thai, Czech, Hungarian and Romanian. The magazine has a total circulation of 9 million and is read in every country of the world.
“Giving people a window to the world in their own language through National Geographic’s incomparable photographs and storytelling is a compelling way to extend the Society’s mission to spread geographic knowledge,” said National Geographic Society President John Fahey. “Launching a Russian edition of this 115-year-old magazine is an important step in our expansion throughout Europe, along with National Geographic books, DVDs, videos and the National Geographic Channel.”
AST will also publish National Geographic books, beginning in October with “Through the Lens: National Geographic Greatest Photographs,” a lavish 504-page volume showcasing National Geographic’s most remarkable images.
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The 115-year-old Society reflects the world through magazines, books, maps, television and interactive media. The Society has funded more than 7,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy. The National Geographic Channel is received in more than 200 million homes, in 146 countries, in 25 languages, including Russian.