The Russian edition of Forbes magazine has launched free access to its Web site, Lenta.ru reported yesterday. The online outlet contains sections such as "Main," "Economy" and "Your Business," which are further divided into sections.
In addition, the site contains video content, blogs, popular publication material, "the best" articles from the archives, links to other publications and a page on which to subscribe to the print edition, according to Lenta.ru. Visitors will be able to access any content from past editions, which have been published since 2004.
As planned, the Web site will only share half of the material with the print edition. The Web address was initially conceived as www.forbes.ru, but was finally launched as www.forbesrussia.ru.
Forbes is currently in the middle of a legal case with Landmark VIP Services, which adopted the former address as its own, Lenta.ru added. On another note, media mogul Rupert Murdoch previously expressed plans to charge for all News Corp. Web sites, the Guardian reported in August.
"Quality journalism is not cheap," said Murdoch. "The digital revolution has opened many new and inexpensive distribution channels but it has not made content free. We intend to charge for all our news Web sites."