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What the Shake-up at Kommersant Says about Russia’s Media Landscape

Expand A general view shows the Spasskaya Tower and the Kremlin wall in central Moscow, Russia, May 5, 2016. © 2016 Reuters This week brought the bombshell announcement that Ivan Safronov and Maxim Ivanov, two veteran reporters for Kommersant, were pressured into resigning, spurring the paper’s entire politics desk to quit in protest. The business newspaper is one of the country’s most respected news outlets. While it’s owned by Alisher Umanov, an oligarch who’s close to the Kremlin, it has been one of the last remaining mainstream newspapers still clinging to editorial independence while…

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