27 Apr 2004 10:36

Interfax-Siberia opens press center in Irkutsk

The Interfax-Siberia new agency, incorporated in the Interfax Information Services international group, has announced the opening of a press center in Irkutsk, which has become the third in the Siberian Federal District

"The opening of a press center of the Interfax-Siberia news agency has become a momentous event for us," Irkutsk region Governor Boris Govorin said at the unveiling ceremony.
"Interfax is a major information provider that has established a reputation not only in Russia, but also on the international news market. We are really expecting that the operation of an office of such a credible agency will add new momentum to the development of Siberia‘s news market and help inform the Russian and foreign public about events and projects in the Irkutsk region more comprehensively," Govorin said.
"The Irkutsk region, a territory in which major Russian investment projects are being implemented, is drawing increasing interest from our subscribers in Russia and abroad, and the establishment of an Interfax information center will help satisfy this interest," said Interfax First Deputy General Director Renat Abdullin.
"In particular, the Irkutsk region is increasingly actively cooperating with China, where the Interfax-China news agency operates. Therefore, the establishment of a major office in Irkutsk is a logical step within the Interfax Group‘s global development strategy," Abdullin said.
Interfax-Siberia, set up at the end of 2003, is a member of Interfax Information Services international group and specializes in covering events in the Siberian Federal District. It runs its own newswire, which reports local and federal news for the mass media, government bodies, companies and banks.
Interfax-Siberia operates offices in Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, and Irkutsk. In addition, Interfax-Siberia runs a network of bureaus in the Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Tomsk, Omsk and Kemerovo regions, in the internal republics of Buryatiya, Khakasia and Tyva, and in the Altai territory.