The Daily Beast: The Death of Free Media in Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Under pressure, the last oligarch supporting opposition voices bends to Putin’s will, writes Anna Nemtsova
19:34, 19 May 2016

An earthquake has shaken Russia’s battered media landscape. In one day, on Friday, May 13, Russia’s biggest independent media holding company, RBC (Russian Business Consulting), lost three top editors—Yelizaveta Osetinskaya, editor in chief of the overall media group; Maksim Solyus, editor of the RBC newspaper; and Roman Badanin, editor of its news agency—in what was seen as a sacrifice made to the Kremlin by the company’s owner, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.

And then the entire media company began to collapse like a house of cards as many journalists decided to quit in solidarity with their editors.

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