Three top editors from Russia’s RBC media group, whose outlets have published disclosures about the commercial interests of people close to President Vladimir Putin, left their jobs on Friday after disagreements with the group’s management.
The group’s RBC newspaper has in the past few months angered the Kremlin by reporting on the business interests of Putin’s son-in-law and written in detail about people in Putin’s circle named in the leaked “Panama Papers” as having offshore firms.
“In recent times we have talked a lot about how to further develop RBC and in these conversations we couldn’t reach a consensus about some important questions so the decision was taken to part company,” Nikolai Molibog, the company’s general director, said in a statement.
Elizaveta Osetinskaya, the editor-in-chief of the overall media group, would be leaving, as would Maxim Solyus, the editor of the RBC newspaper, and Roman Badanin, the editor of the RBC news agency, Molibog said in the same statement.
A source close to RBC told Reuters that many of the group’s journalists would follow suit in the next few weeks.
RBC, owned by a group controlled by tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov, is widely regarded to be one of the few independent media outlets in Russia in a landscape dominated by state media that closely toe the Kremlin line.
Osetinskaya, the editor-in-chief, had just began a sabbatical, which had in any case been brought forward by four months, a move a source close to the media group said last month may have been prompted by Kremlin officials displeased with the publications about Putin’s inner circle.
(Reporting by Lidia Kelly and Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Christian Lowe)
Source: Reuters world