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BBC Russian service usage spiked after Ukraine invasion

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According to the broadcaster, the weekly audience of the Russian-language BBC news site has more than tripled following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The year-to-date weekly average hit a record 10.7 million last week – compared with 3.1 million.

In English, bbc.com visitors in Russia increased 252% to 423,000 last week.

The Ukrainian site’s audience has more than doubled to date, to 3.9 million in the past week from 1.7 million.

Audiences for bbc.com also increased by 154% in Ukraine.

The BBC says a total of 77.4 million visitors used its English-language online coverage in the first five days of the invasion.

BBC director general Tim Davie said: “It is often said that the truth is the first casualty in war.

“In a conflict where disinformation and propaganda are rampant, it is clear that there is a need for factual and independent news that everyone can trust – and in a substantial development, millions of people Russia is switching to the BBC.

“We will continue to allow the Russian people access to the truth, however we can.”

The BBC has also launched two new regional shortwave frequencies for four hours of World Service English news a day, which can be received in Kyiv and parts of Russia.

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