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News company that interviewed a Russian war criminal is headed for bankruptcy – NYT

02.05.2023, 13:51
Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The American Vice, which published an interview with the Russian war criminal Maria Lvova-Belova on May 1, is preparing to file for bankruptcy.

The NV reports this, citing the New York Times, who reference their own sources.

According to the media outlet, the company has been struggling to find a buyer this year. It still might find one, to avoid declaring bankruptcy.

Vice Media is an independent media company which began as a punk magazine in Montreal in mid-90's. Over two decades, it blossomed into a global media holding.

Last week, Vice told employees it was closing the global reporting initiative Vice World News. It was this unit that published the interview with Maria Lvova-Belova, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court together with the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

In the event of a bankruptcy, Vice’s largest debtholder, Fortress Investment Group, could end up controlling the company.

As reported by IMI, on March 17, 2023, the Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) issued warrants of arrest for President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and the Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the President of the Russian Federation, Maria Lvova-Belova. They are accused of unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation (under articles 8(2)(a)(vii) and 8(2)(b)(viii) of the Rome Statute).

In April 2023, the United Kingdom blocked a United Nations webcast of an informal Security Council meeting where Russia's commissioner for children’s rights, Maria Lvova-Belova, was scheduled to speak. 

“She should not be afforded a U.N. platform to spread disinformation,” said a statement from Britain’s mission to the United Nations. “If she wants to give an account of her actions, she can do so in The Hague.”

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