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The agency’s staff comprised of 70 employees, and journalists accounted only for the one tenth of this amount. Staff who engaged in attracting commercial information was united in a separate structure.
As August 19, 1914 St. Petersburg was renamed into Petrograd, the St. Petersburg Telegraph Agency (SPTA) was renamed into Petrograd Telegraph Agency (PTA).
In March 1918, PTA together with government moved to Moscow, where in April of the same year it merged with the Press Bureau of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee. September 7, 1918 this organization was given the name of Russian Telegraph Agency (ROSTA) under the auspices of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee. During the military intervention and civil war, the art of agitation poster known as ROSTA Windows emerged. In the art group of ROSTA Windows, there were young talented artists, poets and journalists, among them — Vladimir Mayakovsky, Mikhail Cheremnykh, Ivan Malyutin.
In January 1992, after Russia proclaimed its sovereignty, the agency was named Information Telegraph Agency of Russia – ITAR-TASS. The information network of ITAR-TASS has 42 correspondent offices and regional centers in Russia, as well as 75 foreign offices. The creative team of the news agency is more than 500 qualified journalists.
Look through this gallery by ITAR-TASS featuring informal pictures of the agency’s crew throughout the years.