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The head of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications (Rospechat) Mikhail Seslavinsky was relieved of his post. The department itself was previously abolished, and its functions were transferred by the decree of the President to the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media.

Mikhail Seslavinsky in 1998-1999 headed the Federal Service for Television and Radio Broadcasting, and later served as Secretary of State – First Deputy Minister for Press, Television and Radio Broadcasting and Mass Media.

He headed Rospechat since its foundation in 2004. For 16 years, the department has provided state support to the largest Russian newspapers, magazines, news agencies and television companies, and has been developing state policy in the field of print media, television and radio broadcasting.

In 2020, with the direct participation of Rospechat, the Government developed special measures to support the media industry amid the spread of the new coronavirus infection. Activities in the field of media, book publishing and production of printed materials were included in the list of the most affected sectors of the Russian economy. As a result, the Russian media were able to continue their work amid the coronavirus and related restrictions.

Mikhail Seslavinsky was awarded the P.A. Stolypin medal by the order of the Government. It is awarded as a reward for achievements in solving strategic tasks of the country’s socio-economic development.

Mikhail Seslavinsky gave the media almost a quarter of a century, noted, commenting on this decision, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

“The personal and business qualities of Mikhail Vadimovich, combined with a thorough knowledge of the industry, have ensured its stable and sustainable development all these years,” the head of Government emphasized.

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