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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

BBC Russia Delivers News and Much More

As the flagship of British broadcasting throughout the world, the BBC has shed its antiquated and stuffy image to become a powerful and modern news machine — and its international web sites are ample proof.

The BBC is now available via the Internet in 43 languages, including the comprehensive Russian service. While providing regular news updates on leading international stories, leans toward Russian domestic news, discussion and features.

Although there is no direct English translation, the home page opens with top news from around the world, with pictures and links to related articles. To the left of the page are the site's sections.

The Business section carries all the latest financial and economic news, as well as stock market listings and currency rates; while the Sci-Tech page keeps readers posted on the Kyoto treaty. The Press section reports on what papers around the world are printing, and there's even a special Britain page.

The Forum section invites you to take part in a study marking the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union, asking you three questions: Where were you on Aug. 19, 1991? What did you think when you heard about the putsch? What do you think about those events today?

To the right of the home page is a list of colorful features, including stories on the ever-developing Kursk situation, Aeroflot's woes and thoughts on the Kremlin's press policy. Choose a feature and additional articles and related stories are available at the click of a mouse.

If you're looking for something specific, there's a search option that allows you to find subjects in both Russian and English.

Click on the section titled English, and the smiling Rita offers a series of English-language educational programs, as well as information on where to tune in on local radio stations to hear the lessons. You can hear Rita's lessons via the site, but only with the use of RealPlayer.

Other areas of the site allow you look at the local and international press. The Projects section leads with such topics as British politics, AIDS and President Vladimir Putin's first year in office; while again in the Forum section Economics and Trade Minister German Gref answers questions from a July 19 online interview.

If your computer is giving you trouble reading the cyrillic fonts, help is at the top of each page, where information — including thorough "cyrillization" tips — is available on different Internet programs.

And if Russian is not your native language, then click on the World Service link on the top banner and choose a more appropriate tongue — such as Sinhala, Hausa or Kinyarwanda.