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About TASS

TASS is Russia’s leading state news agency, and on September 1, 2021, the agency celebrated its 117th anniversary.

Almost 2,000 employees worldwide ensure the agency's operation in real time. Regional information centers in St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg, in addition to dozens of offices in Russia’s regions, along with 63 global branches in 60 countries enable TASS to quickly receive information from any corner of the globe. In 16 countries, TASS correspondents are the only Russian media representatives.

TASS publishes about 3,000 news items and about 600-800 photographs and videos from correspondents in Russia and across the world daily, forming a complete and objective picture of events. TASS subscribers, including Russian and foreign media, as well as federal and regional government bodies, have access to a wide range of 70 news feeds and topic-oriented services in Russian, English, Spanish, French, and Chinese.

The agency's main digital product — tass.ru — is one of the largest online media outlets in Russia. In 2021, its audience exceeded 267 million users. The number of unique visitors per month is over 34 million. TASS content is presented on all social networks available in Russia. TASS posts and videos have been seen by approximately 83 billion users in 2021.

State-of-the-art digital projects and media resources are being developed under the agency’s brand. Among them are the informational and educational project "This is the Caucasus" and the "Newm" project, aimed at children and adolescents, as well as podcasts on various topics.

TASS special projects, in-depth stories created using 360° video, infographics, motion graphics and other modern formats, won about 80 awards at prestigious professional competitions held in Russia and overseas from 2017 to 2021, among them is the Runet Award, Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards, Malofiej, Red Dot Design Award, SND Best of Digital, European Design Awards. Some of the most popular special projects are "Italia: The Airship Crash Chronicle", "Mercator: It’s a flat, flat world!", "Poltava, Carl!", "Dante's Circles", "It’s your turn, Leonov!", "Cosmonauts", "When Napoleon Came".

The TASS data bank contains tens of millions of documents, which allows the agency to accompany almost any news with comprehensive information about the event.

TASS annually holds over 1,500 press events. They are attended by Russian and foreign political leaders, representatives of the largest Russian and foreign companies, as well as prominent figures from the world of culture, science and sports.

TASS.Conferences is the organizer of high-profile business events in offline and online formats. Since 2016, it has hosted over 500 events. Among them are the annual "Invest in the Caucasus" business forum and the online forum "100% Tatarstan".

Mediabank TASS is the largest collection of archive and contemporary photographs and video reports among the CIS information services, numbering 44 million pieces of content. It consists of present-day works by TASS correspondents in Russia and abroad, archived photographs from the beginning of the 20th century, as well as materials from the agency's partners.

TASS is the organizer of the international photo contest for professional photojournalists News Photo Awards, with participants from the world's leading media outlets.

TASS has a unique educational center – the Academy of News. Its training programs are designed specifically for PR and press service staff, editors, content managers and reporters.

TASS maintains partnerships with more than 370 media sources from 134 countries. The agency heads the Russian National Committee of the UNESCO International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC), and has a seat on the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee on Information and Communications and the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO. In 1999, the World Association of Russian Press (WARP) — the only global association of Russian-speaking journalists — was established upon TASS' request.

TASS is an active and respected member of the following global and regional organizations: the World Media Summit (WMS); News Agencies World Congress (NAWC); the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA); the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA); the Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA); the Atlantic Federation of African News Agencies (FAAPA); the Black Sea Association of National News Agencies (BSANNA); the CIS Council of Heads of State News Agencies (CIS Information Council); and the Association of National News Agencies of the CIS Member States (ANIA).