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Last Published: 8/11/2017

Television, radio, print, and billboard media are ubiquitous in the Russian market.  Most international advertising agencies are active in Russia, and domestic agencies are present in the market as well.  Enforcement of some advertising laws has been inconsistent, however, leading to situations where already-purchased advertising is then disallowed by local government officials.  Major advertisers in Russia include successful Russian and foreign manufacturers of consumer goods, particularly in the processed foods and beverages sectors. 

A recent study showed that the Russian advertising market grew 11% in 2016 to 360 billion rubles.  The marketing services segment grew 7% up to 94.5 billion rubles.  Traditional forms of advertising are still prominent in Russia.  However, according to the Association of Communication Agencies of Russia (AKAR) “Out of Home”advertising, including outdoor, transit, indoor ads and advertising in cinema theaters, as well as Internet advertising have increased significantly. 

In 2016, television was the leading advertising platform with 42% of the market and total revenues of over 150.8 billion rubles ($2.6 billion), and it is likely to keep its position.  Internet advertising has grown significantly and has second largest share of 38%, while press continues to lose its position with only 5%.

Experts from the Russian Association of Communication Agencies summarized the results of the advertising market performance in 2016 and CS Moscow compiled the numbers from 2011-2016.

 Segments2016 (Rubles, billions)2015 (Rubles, billions)Percent change to 20152014
(Rubles, billions)
(Rubles, billions)
(Rubles, billions)
(Rubles, billions)
TV150,8136,7 10 % 159.2156143.2131.0
Incl. Terrestrial Television146,9134.2 9 %
Cable3,92.5 52 %4.143.312.16
Internet136,097 21 %84.671.756.341.8
Incl. Media Advertisingn/a18.7
Contextual Advertisingn/a78.3 65.551.638.426.5
Press19,7 23.3- 16 %33.03741.240.4
Incl. Newspapers 5,4 6.5- 16 %
Magazines 10,7 11.6- 8 %16.518.520.119.8
Advertising Periodicals 3,6 5.3- 32 %8.59.911.611.8
Outdoor Advertising 31,432- 1,8 %40.640.737.734.3
Radio 15,114.2 6 %16.916.514.611.8
Othern/a4.2- 19 %
Total 307- 10 %340.1327.8297.8263.4

Source: Association of Communication Agencies in Russia

Social Networking
Russia is Europe’s largest Internet market by number of users, at over 105 million people, or approximately 74% of the population, and 82% of users on social networks daily. 

Both Russian and Western social networking sites are growing in popularity, especially among younger demographic groups.  The two most popular social networks are Russian-based VKontakte, ( or VK ), a similar platform to Facebook, and Odnoklassniki, a platform for connecting old friends and classmates.  VKontakte (VK) is the second biggest social platform in Europe, and the most popular website in Russia, with over 380 million registered users.  With 60% of its patrons aged 25 or older, VKontakte receives 80 million visitors per day.  Odnoklassniki is Russia’s second most popular social platform, with more than 124 million registered users, with approximately 60% of its audience in the 20 to 40 year old age bracket, and 40 million visits received daily.
 Facebook has 13 million Russian users.

Another Internet site with growing popularity, LinkedIn, had approximately 6 million Russian users before it was blocked by Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor.  Linkedin was blocked after it failed to transfer Russian user data to servers located in the country, violating the 2014 data localization law instituted in Russia which requires all online sites to store personal data on national servers.

The following is a list of media outlets and print publications listed by market penetration from highest to lowest in Moscow:

TV Channels

  1. Russia 1
  2. ORT 
  3. NTV
  4. 5 kanal 
  5. REN TV

Radio Stations

  1. Europa Plus
  2. Dorozhnoye Radio
  3. Avtoradio 
  4. Russian Radio
  5. Retro FM


Daily Newspapers 

  1. Metro 
  2. Rossiskaya Gazeta (“Russian newspaper”)
  3. Moskovsky komsomolets 
  4. Moskva vechernaya  
  5. Sport-express

Weekly Newspapers

  1. Arguments and facts
  2. Komsomolskaya Pravda Tolstushka
  3. 777
  4. Vechernyaya Moskva  
  5. Moskovskovskiy Komsomolets

Weekly Magazines 

  1. Antenna – Telesem  
  2. Teleprogramma
  3. 7 Days  
  4. Teleweek 
  5. Teshin Yazik  

 Monthly Magazines 

  1. Za rulem
  2. Vokrug Sveta  
  3. Caravan of stories
  4. Lyublyu Gotovit’
  5. Teshin Yazik/Zyatek

Most Popular Web Sites 

  1. VKontakte
  2. Yandex
  3. Youtube
  4. Odnoklassniki
  5. Google

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