` St Petersburg Telegraph Agency (SPTA) First Official News Agency ‘

#AceHistory2Research The St. Petersburg Telegraph Agency (SPTA), the first official news agency of Russia and the predecessor of ITAR-TASS, began to operate on September 1, 1904.

The creation of the agency was initiated by the Finance, Interior and Foreign Ministries. On July 4, 1904 a meeting of representatives of the ministries empowered “to consider issues concerning the project of a government telegraph agency” adopted the basic documents for the creation and operation of SPTA.

The project to launch SPTA was approved by last Russian Tsar Nicholas the Second. The agency had to “report within the Empire and abroad political, financial, economic, trade and other data of public interest”. Three directors, one from each of the Finance, Interior and Foreign Ministries, comprised the panel that managed the agency.

On December 31, 1909 the agency was subordinated directly to the Council of Ministers upon a submission of Prime Minister Petr Stolypin …………………. more in part two soon

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Ukraine’s New Authorities Deny` WWII Veterans ‘Celebration of Kherson Liberation from Nazis ‘

#AceHistoryNews On March 13, 1944, legendary radio announcer Yuri Levitan read a report from fronts, informing people about liberation of Kherson, a regional centre, from Nazi invaders.

Fierce fighting to liberate the region lasted for more than 140 days, and 34,000 soldiers and officers of the Ukrainian front gave their lives for the liberation. Hundreds of servicemen were awarded, and the title of Hero of the Soviet Union was awarded to 36 of them.

However, new Ukrainian leaders denied veterans celebration of the 70th anniversary. Veterans said even songs would not be heard in the Park of Glory. Kherson refused to participate in the memorial relay, in which a capsule with soil was to be handed over on the route of Soviet troops who liberated territories from Nazis. Kherson was to take over the capsule in a ceremony on Thursday and hand it over to another city.

Meanwhile, city services began working in the park, but not to tidy up the area for celebration, but after threatening leaflet were pasted on a public transport station, where veterans were expected to come.

The papers said the author of the leaflets with threats to Russians and Jews was the radical movement Right Sector, but it was not officially confirmed that the movement really was the organizer of the outrageous action.

Courtesy of Tass

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