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September 23, 2014
Interfax turns 25

Twenty-five yeas ago, in September 1989, subscribers received the first news issues from Interfax.

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Changing, we strived to remain the same, follow basic principles of independent journalism, remain unbiased and provide information that would let us make the right decisions in both politics and economics. So, we are sure, it will be like this in the future.

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