Rossiya Sevodnya's Editor-in-chief Dmitry Kiselyov
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Russia's state-owned media giants have been named of "essential significance" to Russia's state security, the Meduza news website reported Wednesday.
The Rossiya Segodnya news agency (formerly RIA Novosti,) the TASS
news agency, and the VGTRK television and radio holding, all made the list of of state companies that bear “essential significance in
protecting the rights and lawful interests of Russian citizens, as
well as defense potential and security of the state.”
list, which was first approved on Dec. 31, 2016, and published on
Jan. 11, also named the Federal Guard
Service and the Federal Security Service to be of importance, as well as companies
involved with the Defense Ministry, made the list.
The 64 state-run companies on the list will be given special dispensations when taking part in procurement deals, Meduza reported.