Senior editors of Russian biz newspapers resign

Senior editors at Russia’s leading business newspaper quit Monday in protest against what they say is censorship under new ownership, reports Anna Smolchenko of Agence France Presse.

Smolchenko reports, “In an open letter published by The Bell, an independent Russian-language news site, all five editors said they were leaving after Shmarov was confirmed as editor-in-chief.

“‘As acting chief editor, he ran the newsroom for almost three months and managed over that period to repeatedly violate editorial norms and guidelines adopted at Vedomosti,’ they said.

“‘We have no other choice but to leave.’

“The new owner has said he is certain the newspaper would retain ‘high professional standards.’”

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