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April 21, 2008

The newspaper which announced Putin's divorce and possible marriage is shut down

Topics: Liberty, Media

I wrote about the possible divorce from his wife and the marriage to Alina Kabaeva here. So now the newspaper has been shut "because it was having financial problems", just after Putin denied it and said that "he was not permitting interferences in his private life" and that "he considers very negatively the people who try to gossip in the private life of others":

"THE Russian newspaper that first published claims president Vladimir Putin had secretly divorced and planned to marry a gymnast has been shut down.

The Billionaire owner of the newspaper, Alexander Lebedev, a former KGB agent, pulled the plug on Moscow Korrespondent hours after the Russian president issued an angry denial of the report about former Olympic gymnast and nude model Alina Kabaeva, a member of parliament who is 31 years his junior.

The UK's Daily Mail reports that the paper's editor, Grigoriy Nekhoroshev, resigned in protest and claimed the article was well sourced.

Before being suspended, the paper issued an apology, yet deputy editor Igor Dudinsky declared: 'We stand by our story.'"

Convenient, isn't it? Because there is something which hasn't been said generally: Alina's father is a Muslim Tartar.

Posted by Eurabian at April 21, 2008 12:16 PM

So much for "Freedom of Speech" in Russia. Then again...(sigh)...if it only had been the New York Times!


Posted by: Althor at April 21, 2008 3:39 PM

We have to remember that the NYT has always been a supporter of communism - which Putin is trying hard to quietly invoke.

Posted by: Abdul at April 21, 2008 6:48 PM

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