Mass Media Registration
Editorial production and release of mass media requires state registration. Mass media registration is carried out in the manner prescribed by the Russian Law No. 2124-1 of December 27, 1991, On Mass Media. The mass media registration certificate is granted to the applicant upon the decision on mass media registration.
A citizen, an association of citizens, an organization, or a public agency may become a mass media founder (co-founder).
The following can not act as a founder:
- A citizen who has not attained the age of eighteen, or is serving a sentence in places of imprisonment by court order, or is mentally disabled, or lacks dispositive legal capacity as per judicial decision.
- Any association of citizens, an enterprise, an institution, or an organization, involved in statute-prohibited activities.
- A foreign citizen or non-resident alien of the Russian Federation.
On July 15, 2012,the Order No. 362 of December 29, 2011, of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation On Approval of the Administrative Rules for the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media Providing the Public Service for Mass Media Registration came into effect.
Please note that for mass media registration/re-registration, the applicant must provide copies of constitutional documents authenticated under the established procedure. For example, a legal entity incorporated as a limited liability company (LLC), should provide a copy of its Charter, authenticated by such legal entity.
On November 10, 2011, the Executive Order No. 1752-r of October 6, 2011, of the Government of the Russian Federation On Amending the List of Documents Attached to the Applicant's Application for Mass Media Registration/Re-registration came into effect.
Please note that pursuant to the Executive Order No. 1752-r of October 6, 2011, of the Government of the Russian Federation, the establishment of online media requires submission of copies of documents confirming the right to use the website's domain name, authenticated in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation and containing passport details of an individual acting as the domain name administrator, or the tax identification number and PSRN of a legal entity acting as the domain name administrator.
Application for online media registration must contain the website's domain name, indicated in a separate field.
Please note that on January 29, 2010, the Amendments to Chapter 25.3 of the Tax Code came into effect.
When registering mass media that will distribute its products throughout the Russian Federation, outside the Russian Federation, or in several subjects of the Russian Federation, a state duty shall be paid in the following amounts:
- For a printed periodical – 4,000 rubles.
- For a news agency – 4,800 rubles.
- For a radio/TV/video program, newsreel program, or other media outlet – 6,000 rubles.
When registering mass media that will distribute its products mainly within one subject of the Russian Federation, a district, a city, other populated place, a city district, a neighborhood, or a municipal unit (application is submitted to the Federal Service's regional offices), a state duty shall be paid in the following amounts:
- For a printed periodical – 2,000 rubles.
- For a news agency – 2,400 rubles.
- For a radio/TV/video program, newsreel program, or other mass media – 3,000 rubles.
The state duty for issuing a duplicate mass media registration certificate is 200 rubles.
The state duty for introduction of amendments to mass media registration certificate, except as otherwise provided by Article 11 of the Federal Law On Mass Media, is 200 rubles.
The state duty is not paid by the applicant if the issued certificate is amended in order to rectify mistakes made by the registration authority and/or the officer in charge of issuing the document, when such authority and/or officer performed a legally significant act.
The non-cash payment of the state duty by the applicant has to be confirmed by the payment order marked as executed by the bank or a relevant local office of the Federal Treasury (or any other body in charge of opening and maintaining accounts), performing money transfers in electronic form.
Documents for obtaining mass media registration/re-registration, duplicate of mass media registration certificates, and permits to distribute foreign printed periodicals in the Russian Federation should be submitted or mailed to Roskomnadzor at the following address: 7, building 2, Kitaigorodskiy proezd, Moscow, 109074, Russia
Reception of documents is carried out on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 to 13:00, and from 14:00 to 17:00; on Fridays from 10:00 to 13:00, and from 14:00 to 16:00.
The information on decision on mass media registration application can be obtained by phone after application response time (one month from the date of application submission) is over.
The inquiry phone number is +7(495)987-68-06; working hours: daily (working days), from 15:00 to 17:00 (Moscow Standard Time).
Hours for delivery of issued mass media registration certificates in Roskomnadzor:
Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00, and Thursday from 14:00 to 16:00.
Time of the publication: 20.08.2009 14:03
Last modified: 20.05.2014 18:12