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BBC Russian channel launches on Telegram messenger

MUMBAI: BBC Russian is now available as a dedicated channel on the free cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app Telegram.

Twice a day, the new BBC Russian news channel on Telegram brings users key stories from
BBC World Service Languages Europe editor Artyom Liss said, “We are really happy to be adding Telegram to the ever-growing list of platforms on which we reach our audiences. With its special focus on speed and security, Telegram gives us an opportunity to broadcast to the many people who use this messaging app. It is very exciting to be able to deliver the day’s best content to this new audience.”

The BBC Russian channel on Telegram messenger is available on smartphones and tablets running iOS, Android and Windows Phone; on desktop and laptop devices on Windows and Mac OS, as well as through browser extensions.

To subscribe to the BBC Russian channel on Telegram, go to or search for the username @bbcrussian within the app on devices supporting Telegram messenger.

The availability of BBC World Service’s languages content on Telegram is the latest in the BBC’s expansion into the world of messaging apps. BBC Persian already has over 160,000 subscribers on Telegram, while other language services are also available on LINE, WeChat and Viber – with more to follow.

Around 5.5 million people use the BBC Russian content every week (2015). The website offers a rich content of international and national news and analysis, bespoke video news bulletins and pieces, live and on-demand audio, interactivity and reports – bringing global stories to the Russian-speaking audience and putting Russian and regional stories in a global context.

The news content is available via BBC Russian apps developed for Android smartphones, iPhone and iPod touch, and Nokia’s Series 40 devices. BBC Russian connects with its audiences via Facebook, Vkontakte and Twitter.

BBC Russian is part of BBC World Service.