19 May 2004 11:58

Interfax-Volga opens press center in Nizhny Novgorod

Interfax-Volga news agency, a member of the Interfax Information Services Group, has opened a press center in Nizhny Novgorod.

"The opening of the first Interfax-Volga press center in Nizhny Novgorod, the capital of the Volga Federal District, is a momentous event for attracting investments to the region, which undoubtedly is the priority task today. For any investor, there of course exists a minimal set of indicators to evaluate any area, such as good roads, transportation, hotels. A developed information network is an indicator, a kind of a flag in this respect," Sergei Kiriyenko, presidential envoy to the Volga Federal District, said at the unveiling ceremony.
"The operation of a bureau and press center of such a major information provider as Interfax in the district should make the information flow from the region broader, covering all spheres of public life - political, economic and social - which fully meets the interests of the leadership of the district and the constituent territories comprising it," Kiriyenko said.
"Interfax is a leader in the Russian mass media. I know from my own experience how Interfax reporting is appreciated by the government and business communities abroad, as well as in this country. Interfax is a private institution and the fact that a private news agency is investing money and expanding operations in Nizhny Novgorod indicates that our city and our region are commercially attractive," Kiriyenko said.
"The establishment of the press center in Nizhny Novgorod is an important stage in building an effective media infrastructure in the region. It opens up additional possibilities for collecting first-hand information from the Volga district," said Georgy Guliya, Interfax-Volga General Director.
Interfax-Volga has a broad network of correspondents in the district and plans to open press centers in other major cities there, as well.
Interfax-Volga operates bureaus in Ufa, Kazan, Perm and Penza, offices in Orenburg, Kirov, Ulyanovsk, Yoshkar-Ola, Saransk, Izhevsk, Saratov and Cheboksary. It runs its own newswire, which reports local and federal news for the mass media, government bodies, companies and banks.
The Interfax-Volga development project is part of an Interfax program to rapidly expand into the provinces. A network of major news agencies is currently operating under the Interfax brand name in the Central (Interfax-Center), Northwestern (Interfax-Northwest), Southern (Interfax-South), Urals (Interfax-Urals) and Siberian (Interfax-Siberia) Federal Districts.

In addition to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Interfax has press centers in Rostov-on-Don, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg, Tyumen and Chelyabinsk.