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"Kommersant-Ukraina" closed due to attempts of censorship by Russians

16.03.2014, 00:05

«Kommersant-Ukraina» was closed not due to economic reasons but because of attempts of censorship by the Russian publishers. Several sources in the editorial office confirmed this to «Telekrytyka». They believe this is connected to the outlet's coverage of the Russian-Ukrainian events, as the Russian publishers see them differently. Another source informed that on March 12 there was a conflict with the Russian publishers over the front page materials. The Ukrainian editors prepared an article about Russian-Ukrainian events, in which gathered statements from Andriy Parubiy, Admiral Ihor Teniukh, the Russian Ministry of Defense, Vice-Admiral Ihor Kabanenko and independent experts. The Russian publishers ordered to take this article down and to replace it with the Russian text, which was published on the first page of that day's Russian issue. The Ukrainian editors first placed the Russian text, but later decided not to publish this issue at all. This was the first time ever the Russian publishers tried to interfere with the content of the Ukrainian edition. And on the next day they saw online the news: the director-general of the Russian publishing house «Kommersant» Pavel Filenkov informed that the newspaper «Kommersant-Ukraina» was closed down due to economic reasons.

 

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