Newspaper publication usually began soon after the initial settlement of a place. Since civil registration of vital records began quite late in many places, newspapers can be an excellent alternate source of family information. They may have notices of births, marriages, and deaths; obituaries; and local news. To find information, you will need the place and approximate date of the event. If no newspaper was published in the community at the time, check the newspaper of a nearby town.
Newspapers of Russia
Russian Newspapers Online
Newspapers in Microform: Foreign Countries. . . . Washington, DC, USA: Library of Congress, 1984. (FHL book 011.35 N479f 1983; seven microfiche 6085887.) This lists, by geographic location, newspapers on microform. Most can be borrowed through interlibrary loan.