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Argumenty i Fakty ( , commonly abbreviated "АиФ" and translated as Arguments and Facts) is a weekly newspaper based in Moscowmarker and a publishing house in Russiamarker and worldwide. As of 2008, it is owned by Promsvyazbank and the newspaper is edited by Nikolay Zyatkov.

According to its own claim, it used to have the largest circulation in the world. In 1990 it had a print run of 33.5 million and was entered in Guinness World Records. Its current circulation (as of 2008) is about 3 million copies, with about 8 million readers.

It was founded in 1978 by the Russian organisation "Knowledge" («3нание») to provide propagandists with statistical and other hard-to-find information.In 1980 AiF was transformed into a weekly but was not in wide circulation. It was available only by subscription to a closed circle of political 'spinners'. After 1985, it was one of the leading publications in the Glasnost campaign.

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  1. Alexei Bessudnov, "Media Map" (183–189), Index on Censorship, Volume 37, Number 1, 2008, p. 185.


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