(FYI) RFE/RL: NEW OWNER TO REPLACE ALL 'OBSHCHAYA GAZETA' JOURNALISTS
- RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 6, No. 101, Part I, 31 May 2002
NEW OWNER TO REPLACE ALL 'OBSHCHAYA GAZETA' JOURNALISTS.
"Obshchaya gazeta" Deputy Editor Vitalii Yaroshevskii told journalists
in Moscow on 30 May that publication of the weekly newspaper will be
suspended until the fall and that, in the interval, the entire editorial
staff will be replaced. Yaroshevskii also revealed that the paper's
founder, Yegor Yakovlev, had sold it to St. Petersburg publisher
Vyacheslav Leibman. Leibman told "Ekho Moskvy" on 30 May that he intends
to make the paper more "fashionable" and to strengthen its editorial
staff by bringing on journalists from "Kommersant-Daily" and "Versiya."
Since its creation in August 1991, "Obshchaya gazeta" has been one of
the country's most respected liberal publications, featuring critical
examinations of the Kremlin's Chechnya and human rights policies. Until
now, the paper was one of the few national media outlets not controlled
either by the state or by one of the oligarchs. VY