The Press: No Sale

Early in 1942, during the heyday of Anglo-Soviet friendship, the British anc Russian governments made a newspaper deal: the Russians would publish 50,000 copies of a weekly Soviet newspaper in Britain, and the British would do th same in Russia. In August, the first copies of Britansky Soyuznik (British Ally) were being distributed in Russia.

Featuring news of British armed forces English lessons and sport news, the twelve-page Ally soon made a hit with Russians. By steering clear of politics, it also avoided official Soviet criticism. Even after the war Ally's course was smooth, although it occasionally quoted anti-Russian comments in speeches...

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