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Arabic version of Russian newspaper re-launches in UAE after 17 years

49,000 copies of the bi-weekly Moscow News will hit newstands across the UAE.

The Russian International News Agency (RIA Novosti) relaunched the Arabic version of newspaper Moscow News, Anbaa Mosku, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

RIA Novosti resumed the Arabic version of the newspaper after a 17-year break as part of the Russian government's new strategy to augment relations with the Arab world.

The bi-weekly independent newspaper will be distributed in 13 countries across the Middle East, North Africa, London and Russia with a circulation of more than 190,000 copies. About 49,000 of the copies will be distributed in UAE.

"It is a newspaper with a different image and content from during the Soviet era...It is an Arabic paper with a Russian soul," said Svetlana Mironyuk, editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti.

Speaking at a news conference during the presentation of Anbaa Mosku in London, Mironyuk said: "The advent of this publication will not only serve as a portal through which the Arabic-speaking community inLondon can observe Russian affairs, but also as a long-awaited bridge of communication between the Middle East and Russia."