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#1 Zharkov

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 12:56 AM

Pressure at top Russian daily triggers mass walkout

Moscow (AFP)

The entire politics desk of one of Russia's top daily newspapers, Kommersant, quit on Monday in protest over censorship after two veteran reporters were fired.

The walkout at the newspaper controlled by pro-Kremlin tycoon Alisher Usmanov is a rare protest in the Russian media industry where nearly all print outlets toe the government line.

Kommersant's staff, media professionals and liberal Russians accused the billionaire of destroying one of Russia's best newspapers.

But speaking to AFP, Kommersant editor-in-chief Vladimir Zhelonkin defiantly rubbished that view.

"They've been saying this for the past 20 years," he told AFP. "Time will tell."

Earlier Monday, deputy editor Gleb Cherkasov said he and another ten journalists -- who make up Kommersant's political desk -- quit in solidarity after the management forced two veteran reporters to resign over a scoop.

"The shareholder has a right to make staffing decisions," Cherkasov wrote on Facebook.

"The employees have a right to disagree with them in the only way possible: by changing their place of work."

In a statement, Zhelonkin said the reporters had been sacked because they violated "journalistic standards".

He said the politics desk quit out of "false solidarity" and to put pressure on the management.

"I do not accept these methods of pressure," Zhelonkin added.

Ivan Safronov and Maxim Ivanov, both of whom worked for a decade at the newspaper, last month wrote an article saying Valentina Matvienko, speaker of the Russian parliament's upper house, could be replaced by Sergei Naryshkin, head of the SVR intelligence service.

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In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for Usmanov said the tycoon learnt about the dismissals from news reports.

Usmanov does not interfere in the newspaper's editorial policy and staffing decisions, the unidentified spokesperson added.

"In the case of the two Kommersant journalists, Alisher Usmanov played no role and found out about their dismissal from media reports," the statement said.

Renata Yambaeva, deputy editor at Kommersant, said the dismissals were just the latest example of recent pressure on the newspaper's editorial staff.

Writing on Facebook, Yambaeva, who has worked for 18 years at Kommersant and is not resigning, accused Usmanov of "destroying one of Russia's best media outlets."

Opposition activists accuse President Vladimir Putin of muzzling critics and bringing most Russian media under Kremlin control over his two decades in power.

Metals tycoon Usmanov bought Kommersant in 2006.

Since then one of Russia's top independent dailies has become a shadow of its former self, even though it still regularly features scoops and interviews with top newsmakers.

Its journalists have long complained of pressure.

In 2011, the editor of Kommersant's sister publication was fired after the news magazine Kommersant Vlast printed a photograph showing a ballot paper that featured an obscene message directed at Putin.

The publication at the time covered reports of widespread fraud during the 2011 parliamentary polls.

Russia's top opposition leader Alexei Navalny praised the Kommersant political journalists for quitting.

"I always berated Kommersant journalists for turning into slaves" of the Kremlin-friendly tycoon, Navalny wrote.

"But now I can only say: well done! Dignity has triumphed."

- 'Losing professionals' -

"It hurts to see from outside how the newspaper has been gradually falling into decline," said Meduza, a Russian-language independent media outlet based in Latvia.

"Russian journalism is losing professionals with breakneck speed."

Meduza, citing sources at the Kommersant publishing house, said the April article about Matvienko has displeased the owners so much that even the dismissal of the newspaper's chief had been discussed.

Meduza itself was set up by the former chief editor of Russian news website Lenta.ru, Galina Timchenko, who was sacked by Kremlin-friendly tycoon, Alexander Mamut, in 2014.

Her departure triggered an exodus of dozens of journalists from Lenta.ru.

"The publication's shareholders decided wisely -- 'Why would you need the political desk in Kommersant newspaper if there's no politics in the country,'" quipped StalinGulag, a prominent anti-Kremlin blogger.


https://www.france24...rs-mass-walkout

 

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What else could they do?   Maybe they could protest in writing, in the newspaper itself?

 

People who have principles should stay on the job, otherwise, people without principles will replace them.


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#2 Atossa

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 02:39 AM



pro-Kremlin tycoon Alisher Usmanov




One of Putin's many antichrist oligarchs.

Has Putin married his tatar girlfriend yet...
or are they still "living in sin ??"


Usmanov, who is Muslim, married Jewish Irina Viner, a top rhythmic gymnastics coach, in 1992. Viner is considered to be close to Putin, having introduced him to former rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva.


https://en.wikipedia...Alisher_Usmanov


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#3 Zharkov

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 03:08 PM

Putin's private life is a mystery to me.   I don't read much about it.

Whatever makes someone happy is their business, I think.

"Do not judge, lest ye be judged" - great proverb but impossible to obey.

Everyone judges everyone.   It's human nature.  


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#4 Atossa

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 05:39 PM



Zharkov is a typical antichrist libertine liberal who will twist a Bible verse out of context of the whole Bible to try to justify something the Bible [that they despise] clearly forbids.

Putin pretends to be a Russian Orthodox Christian... [ROC is strictly against divorce because marriage is a sacrament]... then Putin turns around and divorces his wife for a stupid trivial reason [Putin said publicly they are divorcing because they don't get to see each other.] Maybe that was a flimsy excuse and cover up for something else... but it made Putin appear cold and heartless... just like an old antichrist Stalinist Edomite-jew-bolshevik he obviously prefers to be.



Edited by Atossa, 21 May 2019 - 05:44 PM.

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#5 Bruce M Cow

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 05:52 PM

Losing Jews is always a good thing.


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#6 Zharkov

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 08:38 PM

The reasons why a politician divorces his wife are usually compelling but never public.

Compelling because a divorce can change voter's opinions of the guy.

Never public because of potential for embarrassment and blow back on the family.

 

So we may never know why.   Putin may take that secret to his grave and it is his to keep.

 

What is more interesting is his vision for Russia 10, 25, 50 years from now - what kind of Russia does he really want?

 

Will Russia become a copy of what America once was - a free and prosperous tax haven country, or something much less pleasant?


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#7 Zharkov

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 08:43 PM

Getting back to the point, when good people quit their jobs in protest, it is a lost opportunity for them to change the situation themselves.

 

Not that newspapers will ever stage a come back while the internet gives out free news, but while they have an audience, the opportunity remains.

 

Good people, i.e. people with good intentions who want to improve their company by doing better work, are hard to find.

 

So many businesses today are willing to compromise ethics and quality to make a profit that it is rare to find any with actual principles to apply.

 

So it's a shame to see them give up and walk away.   They could have done more, I think.


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#8 Pete_V

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 08:47 PM



One of Putin's many antichrist oligarchs.

Has Putin married his tatar girlfriend yet...
or are they still "living in sin ??"


Usmanov, who is Muslim, married Jewish Irina Viner, a top rhythmic gymnastics coach, in 1992. Viner is considered to be close to Putin, having introduced him to former rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva.


https://en.wikipedia...Alisher_Usmanov

 

 

In all fairness Usmanov bought James Watson medal and gave it back to him, that was a nice and courageous gesture.


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#9 USC

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 09:20 PM

Kommersant? A Jewish paper.


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Posted 21 May 2019 - 10:02 PM

Kommersant? A Jewish paper.

 

 

Where you been USC? Got my email(s)? 

 

Hell's a poppin' here but goodness gracious I'll toast you this evening anyway.

 

Hope you and family are well, 

 

I'm banned all over but still find someone to take in a poor old man.

 

Wife and daughter A+++++++!

 

Later.......


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#11 Atossa

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 11:02 PM

What is more interesting is his vision for Russia 10, 25, 50 years from now - what kind of Russia does he really want?





It should be obvious to everyone by now... Putin wants an antichrist mongrelized Russia ruled over by antichrist Stalinist Edomite-jew-bolshevik oligarchs.

In other words, Putin wants the total opposite... and I mean THE TOTAL OPPOSITE of everything Biblically and traditionally Aryan Christian that I have posted here. It's as if Putin has read my posts here since 2001, then proceeded to say and do the TOTAL OPPOSITE !!


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#12 Zharkov

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 01:39 AM

It's not obvious to me.   If Putin wanted the communist party back in power, he could do it but he hasn't.

 

But that's not the future, that's the past.  

 

The future is being created today, by everyone.


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#13 Zharkov

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 01:50 AM

Kommersant? A Jewish paper.

 

Jews need principles too.

 

There is no net loss unless they leave the country.


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Posted 26 May 2019 - 02:00 AM

 

Where you been USC? Got my email(s)? 

 

Hell's a poppin' here but goodness gracious I'll toast you this evening anyway.

 

Hope you and family are well, 

 

I'm banned all over but still find someone to take in a poor old man.

 

Wife and daughter A+++++++!

 

Later.......

 

 

I got, but hasn't time aor mood to replt.

 

There was a Birthday?


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#15 Marmoset

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 03:40 AM

The reasons why a politician divorces his wife are usually compelling but never public.

Compelling because a divorce can change voter's opinions of the guy.

Never public because of potential for embarrassment and blow back on the family.

 

So we may never know why.   Putin may take that secret to his grave and it is his to keep.

 

What is more interesting is his vision for Russia 10, 25, 50 years from now - what kind of Russia does he really want?

 

Will Russia become a copy of what America once was - a free and prosperous tax haven country, or something much less pleasant?

 

Free

 

America never was free. The American goyim are and have always been under direct Jewish bankster control.


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#16 Marmoset

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 09:24 AM

Kommersant? A Jewish paper.

 

Aren't they all ?


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#17 grog

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 09:40 AM

USA is the land of kikey 


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Posted 26 May 2019 - 09:54 AM

USA is the land of kikey 

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 10:07 AM

 
 
I got, but hasn't time aor mood to replt.
 
There was a Birthday?


Everything good with you comrade?
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#20 shaktiman

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Posted 27 May 2019 - 03:29 PM

There was a Birthday?

 

 

Not that I know of.

 

hasn't time aor mood to replt.

 

 

Always glad to hear from you USC.

 

Your commentary and articles are respected and appreciated by many of us.

 

You can see unprecedented things are going on here in the US.

 

I feel that those who address issues in truth have helped to bring the untruthful into the light.

 

Let me hear from you when you can.

 

Best regards.


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