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Medvedev to present 2013 government prizes in the field of media

January 13, 2014, 3:16 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, January 13, 3:05 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will present certificates Monday to the laureates of the RF government prizes in the field of mass media, the Cabinet press service reported. The ceremony will take place in the government's Receptions Center.

In terms of money, the size of each prize is one million roubles. Several competitioners and journalistic collectives have become laureatrs of the government prizes in the field of mass media as a result of last year. In particular, the Prime Minister will present the award to Alexander Arkhangelsky for a cycle of TV progrmames "Meanwhile" and Stanislav Glukhov, general director of the Grand Express publishing house (Khabarovsk), for the coverage of regional problems.

Yet another prize has been shared by the driector and news department editor of the OAO (public joint-stock company) Svoboda Slova (freedom of speech), Magdi-Magomed Kamalov and Mairbek Agayev, as well as Magomed Magomedov, a correspondent of the Daghestani newspaper "Cherovik" (rough copy) -- for their contribution to the efforts to fight corruption and crime in the republic.

Besides, by Dmitry Medvedev's decision, one of the prizes has been awarded posthumously to Komsomolskaya Pravda journalist Vassily Peskov -- for "a personal contribution to the development of the media".

Other laureates of the government prize for 2013 are as follows: the GRAMOTA.RU portal, as well as TV Channel One project -- the charity telemarathon "All Together" which enabled the televiewers to remit money to the victims of floods in the Far East; journalists of the Kommersant FM radio station; participants in the project "The City Television Channel 'Rostov-on-TV -- a New Urban Information Space' ".

Yet another prize has been shared by the founders of the children's and youth television channel "Karusel "(merry-go-round). A prize has been also awarded to the journalists of the VGTRK All-Russia Television and Radio Company, who took part in bringing into being a line of cognitive television channels "Nauka2.0", "My Planet", and "History".

The Prize was instituted in 2005 "with a view to developing the print media and stimulating professional activities". Last year, electronic media and TV projects were added to the list of prize seekers. Candidates for the Prize are nominated by media themselves, public organizations, prize winners, and the Council for the Awarding of Government Prizes in the Field of Media. The awading of one of the prizes (to Vassily Peskov) on a suggestion by the Prime Minister himself became one of last year's innovations in this respect.

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