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2015

November

Interfax wins Runet Prize.

Interfax presents Top 150 energy efficiency rating of Russian businesses.

October

Interfax.ru web site wins an All-Russia Golden Site 2015 Award in the Usability nomination.

September

Four senior managers from the Interfax International Information Group received high rankings in the Russian Managers Association TOP 1000.

April

The Interfax Group has launched a new service to enable Russian companies that are obliged to prove the market nature of intra-group transactions and prepare notifications and documentation for the Federal Tax Service.

February

New versions of SPARK and SPARK Marketing launched.

Audit Chamber signs agreement on cooperation with Interfax Group and the use of the SPARK and SPARK Marketing systems in work to monitor and control government procurements.

January

Interfax again confirms its title as most cited Russian information agency in leading foreign and Russian media in 2014.

2014

December

United Credit Bureau opens office in Moscow to work with individuals and launches online service to work with individuals.

November

Interfax receives Best in Russia award in category of Company of the Year (Media). The award recognizes the successes of companies and individuals and singles out the most important public events of the year in Russia.

October

Number of sources in SCAN media monitoring system exceeds 18,000.

September

Professor Oliver Boyd-Barretts book Interfax: Breaking into Global News, detailing the history and development of Interfax, is published.

Interfax celebrates 25-year anniversary.

August

SPARK adds data on company vacancies, domains and websites, and collateral.

July

SPARK Marketing launches service for substantiating the starting (maximum) price of government contracts.

March

Interfax develops specialized tool to prepare documentation in order to meet the requirements of legislation on transfer pricing.

February

Finmarket named most cited media resource in the financial sector in 2013.

January

Interfax confirms its position as most cited Russian information agency in leading foreign and Russian media in 2013.

2013

December

SPARK creates service to reveal transborder chains of company ownership.

Number of media sources in SCAN system tops 14,000 after growing 50% in 2013.

November

New comprehensive Internet resource on corporate issuers, the Corporate Information Disclosure Center, is launched (www.e-disclosure.ru).

September

SPARK offers new comprehensive analytical indicator, the Financial Risk Index, and launches service for substantiating transfer prices on financial transactions.

June

SCAN launches SPI, a customizable PR efficiency index.

February

The first winner of the national annual award named after Vitaly Dzhibuti for the Best Coverage of Military Issues in the Russian Media, founded by the international information group Interfax and the Russian Defense Ministry, was named.

January

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to award Interfax Chairman Mikhail Kommissar the Order for Service to the Fatherland, 3rd class, for his great contribution to the development of domestic resources.

2012


December

Interfax develops the information and analytical system SPARK Marketing (www.marketing.interfax.ru), enabling complex multi-factor market analysis, including government procurement.

August

Interfax and Thomson Reuters expand cooperation into the IR services sector.

April

Sberbank, Experian and Interfax complete establishment of their United Credit Bureau.

March

The Vitaly Dzhibuti award For courage, impartiality, and high professionalism in covering military problems, is instituted.

February

The Interfax textbook is officially included in the library registers of the top ten leading Russian universities.

2011


November

Interfax, Alexei Venediktov and Sberbank set up news website PublicPost.

Interfax and Sport Express announce the launch of a sports news agency.

October

The Experian Interfax Credit History Bureau is renamed United Credit Bureau.

May

The Interfax Due Diligence Index obtains the D&B Worldwide Network award.

March

Interfax opens a press center and bureau in Yakutia.

January

Ekho Moskvy and Interfax launch SCANer radio programs that use SCAN data to sum up the weeks events.

Interfax achieves the highest number of citations among information agencies working in Russia in the Russian and Foreign press for 2010.

2010


December

Interfax launches Russias first textbook on news journalism, which receives the support of journalism faculty directors in the leading Russian universities.

November

Interfax and D&B set up nonpayment solutions for the Russian.

June

The Finmarket.ru website is named the best financial portal.

April

Interfax launches a Russian language news service on over 2,000 Bloomberg terminals set up in Russia and other former Soviet Union countries.

March

Experian Interfax becomes the fastest growing credit bureau in Russia, boosting its credit history volume by 75%.

January

Interfax achieves the highest number of citations among information agencies working in Russia in the Russian and Foreign press for 2009.

2009

December

Sberbank Russia, Experian and Interfax set up a credit bureau on the basis of Experian Interfax and Infocredit.

Interfax and Ekho Moskvy launch a Russian university ranking service.

November

Interfax and French Altares - D&B sign an agreement on strategic cooperation.

September

Interfax celebrates its 20th birthday.
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Interfax to provide universities and researchers with access to its archives and know-how.

Interfax and Switzerland's Dun & Bradstreet (Schweiz) AG signs a strategic cooperation agreement.

June

The D&B global network holds an annual summit in Moscow with the support of Interfax-D&B.

March

Interfax and Spains INFORMA D&B sign a strategic cooperation agreement.

February

Interfax holds the lead among news agencies operating in Russia in the number of references in the Russian and foreign media.

2008

November

Interfax and Platts launch a joint Russian language publication on the energy market.

September

Interfax News and Intelligence Now Available on CQG.

June

Interfax is included in Inside Market Data Reference review.

May

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and Interfax Announce Joint Venture in Russia.

April

Higher School of Economics and Key Russian News Agencies Interfax and RIA Novosti Setting Up Journalism School.

Interfax receives award for best federal mass media outlet covering economic issues.

LexisNexis, Interfax Sign Agreement on Alliance and Promotion in Russia of Unique Information Service.

Interfax increases sales of news products from China, becomes largest foreign media outlet in mainland China.

March

Interfax remained the most frequently cited name among Russian and CIS media outlets in 2007.

February

Interfax is announcing it has launched e-newspaper www.interfax.ru and new e-services.

Interfax Group and Estates Gazette Group, Europes Top Real Estate Publishing Group, Announce Joint English-Language Real Estate Report for Russia and the CIS and Central Europe.

Interfax Group Becomes One of the Disclosure Leaders in Emerging Markets.

2007


October

Interfax launches new SCAN database project.

September

Interfax announces launch of Interfax-Far East project, completion of news agencies network in federal districts.

July

MICEX Stock Exchange and Interfax launch joint corporate information disclosure project.

June

Interfax tops the MediaUnion rating of the most frequently mentioned and quoted news agencies and Internet news resources in the national and regional press.

May

The Interfax Group purchased 90% of the Finmarket Information Agency (www.finmarket.ru), one of the leading Russian providers of financial information.

January

Interfax-Azerbaijan News Agency has announced the launching of a new portal, http://www.interfax.az in the Russian and Azeri languages.

In 2006 Interfax ranked second among the most frequently mentioned brands on the Russian Internet.

2006


June

Interfax Group has signed an agreement with Business Wire (www.businesswire.com), a world leader in commercial news distribution, that provides for offering Russian companies a full range of disclosure services in keeping with the legal requirements effective in different parts of the world.

April

The jury of the international business journalism contest PRESSZVANIE has awarded Interfax Information Services Group a prize in the category "Russian Business from A to Z" for the SPARK project. The prize is given to the leader in developing reference and information products for the mass media and business community.

Interfax receives Russian Financial Elite Award in the nomination "For Contribution to the Financial Market Development."

March

Experian-Interfax issues its first credit history report.

Interfax opens its 20th press center in Russia.

The Federal Financial Markets Service entered Experian-Interfax credit bureau in the state register of credit bureaus, which under Russian law gives the bureau the right to exchange credit histories.

February

Interfax Information Services Group has announced the formation of the Interfax Central Europe News Agency. The new agency (www.interfax-centraleurope.com/), headquartered in Warsaw, has incorporated the news services in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which were founded about six years ago. It is aimed at ensuring the further expansion of the Group's activities in the region.

January

An opinion poll on the website of the newspaper Vedomosti, indicates that Interfax is the most popular Russian information agency.

The Interfax Center for Economic Analysis (Interfax CEA) has begun the release of a new series of analytical and statistical publications entitled CIS Insurance Companies and CIS Banks under the Interfax-1,000 brand, which gives our clients the opportunity to compare all major banks and insurance companies in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other CIS countries in terms of their key performance indicators.

The Interfax newswire in the Russian language has become available to Russian clients of Reuters. This newswire, which has been specially designed for professional financial market players, combines political, corporate, and macroeconomic news affecting market trends, as well as forecasts and comments on the principal market segments. Until recently, Interfax news were available to Reuters subscribers only in English.

2005

December

In a poll conducted by the GfK-Rus pollster in 2005, Interfax was named the clear leader among information agencies working in Russia in terms of the frequency of the use of its reports by mass media. GfK-Rus is part of the GfK-Group, a leading international company that specializes in market research.

2004

Following years of development, Interfax launches SPARK (http://www.spark.interfax.ru/ ), Russia's largest and most reliable analytical system for company information.

The service is the first to unite multiple-source official information on all legal entities operating in Russia into one system.

Moody's Investors Service becomes the majority shareholder in Interfax Rating Agency, which is renamed Moody's Interfax Rating Agency.

Interfax and Experian, a leading global information solutions company, form a joint venture to set up a credit bureau, Experian Interfax, for consumers and businesses in Russia.

2003

Creation of the Interfax Gas News Agency (Interfax-GNA).

2001

Interfax Military News Agency (Interfax-MNA) is set up to offer a unique coverage of armed forces and the military industrial complex of Russia and other CIS countries.

In the first of the series of high profile alliances, Interfax Rating Agency and Moody's Investors Service, sign a strategic cooperation agreement.

2000

Interfax expands outside the former Soviet Union to open a business reporting agency in China (www.interfax.cn). Similar agencies in Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary were soon to follow.

1999

Interfax enters a new market with the launch of EFIR terminal (Economy, Finance and Markets, http://www.ideal.ru/) with financial news, market data and fundamentals.

1997

In a pioneering move, Interfax news becomes available on the terminals of the Russian Trading System, Russia's electronic stock exchange.

1995

Interfax news becomes available at Bloomberg terminals.

1994

Launch of an analytical service that includes bank rankings and Russian stock indexes. Interfax Petroleum News Agency (Interfax-PNA) becomes the first specialist information service for the the oil & energy sector in Russia and the CIS.

1993

Interfax Financial News Agency (Interfax-FNA) is set up in September and rapidly becomes the key news source for players at the fledgling Russian financial market.

1992

Interfax Ukraine News Agency is launched, soon to become the country's largest agency. In the following years Interfax will form news agencies in all major countries of the former Soviet Union and in the largest regions of Russia from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok.

1991

In January, Soviet authorities impose closure of Interfax and evict it from its premises. Within hours the Agency resumed activities in the building of the Russian Supreme Soviet, which was then led by Boris Yeltsin, the future first president of Russia. In June Interfax launches the Soviet Business Report, the first business news bulletin in the Soviet Union. In July Interfax opens a company in the United States to sell its products abroad. Within a year sales offices in London and Frankfurt will follow, later in Hong Kong and Warsaw. Interfax's coverage of the August 1991 coup is nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

1990

March

Interfax strengthens its reputation as the prime source of objective news from the Soviet Union and signs up its 100th subscriber.

1989

June

Mikhail Komissar with colleagues from Radio Moscow launch in June a Russian and English language daily news bulletin, distributed by fax, the most modern technology of the time.


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OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has given an interview to Interfax in which he speaks about his vision of the Ukrainian settlement and the role of the SMM OSCE in it, about conditions under which EU sanctions against Russia can be lifted at any time and tells about what he values in his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

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Head of the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Russia, Belarus and Moldova Magne Barth has explained the position of the ICRC on interaction with Russian military in Syria. Earlier the Russian Defense Ministry called the ICRC reaction regarding the death of two Russian medical workers in a strike on a Russian military hospital in Syrias Aleppo cynical.

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President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer has given an interview to Interfax correspondent Alexander Korzun ahead of his visit to Russia on November 23-25, in which he speaks about topics he would discuss with Russian officials, his assessment of ICRC interaction with Russia, and problems that the organization faces in Syria and Ukraine.

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Palestinian National Authority head Mahmoud Abbas has given an interview to Interfax ahead of a visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Palestine, in which he speaks about Moscow‘s effort to organize Palestine-Israeli negotiations and prospects of an international conference on the Middle East settlement and expressed hope that Russian President Vladimir Putin will in the near future visit Palestine.

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Rose Gottemoeller, who is serving her final days in the post of U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and who will soon leave for Brussels, where she will take the position of NATO Deputy Secretary General, has given an interview to Interfax correspondent Ksenia Baygarova, in which she speaks about Moscows recent decision to suspend the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement.

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George Papadopoulos has been one of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trumps foreign political advisors since March 2016. Prior to this, he was an advisor to Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and Republican Party member who dropped out of the presidential race. Papadopoulos previously worked for various research institutes dealing with global politics. His sphere of interest is global energy. Papadopoulos has given an interview to Interfaxs correspondent Ksenia Baygarova in which he discusses his views on U.S.-Russia relations, the Syrian crisis, NATO expansion and the dependence of the EU on Russian energy. Papadopoulos noted that his opinion does not necessarily coincide with that of Trump.

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