Russia’s leading independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, whose editor -in -chief last year was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, said Monday it delayed publication until the end of Moscow’s military action in Ukraine.
Editor -in -chief Dmitry Muratov said it was a “difficult” decision, suggesting it was an attempt to “rescue” a respected publication and avoid a complete closure.
“For us and, I know, for you, this is a terrible and difficult decision. But we have to save ourselves for each other,” he said in a statement.
The announcement was made more than a month after the Kremlin’s military campaign in pro-Western Ukraine.
“We have received another warning from Roskomnadzor,” the newspaper said in a statement, referring to Russian media regulators.
“We postponed the publication of the newspaper on our website, on social media and in print form – until the end of the‘ special operation in Ukraine ’,” he added.
Co-founded by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993, Novaya Gazeta is the only major newspaper that still voices criticism of President Vladimir Putin and his tactics at home and abroad.
Earlier on Monday, Novaya Gazeta staff learned of an official warning from the state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, the second since last week.
Nadezhda Prusenkova, a spokeswoman for Novaya Gazeta, told AFP that the newspaper still did not have a copy of the warning, adding they had learned about the development “from the news.”
If a media channel receives two warnings from a communications regulator within a year, the court can shut it down.
Last week, Roskomnadzor said Novaya Gazeta failed to mark non -governmental organizations mentioned in one of its stories as “foreign agents” under Russian legislation.
Russia sees an unprecedented crackdown on dissenting voices and independent journalism that includes calling non-governmental organizations and media channels “foreign agents”-labels that carry strong pejorative connotations and hint at increased government scrutiny.
Novaya Gazeta itself has not been declared a “foreign agent”.
Last year, Muratov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize alongside Maria Ressa of the Philippines for their efforts “to preserve freedom of speech”.
Last week, Muratov said the newspaper had decided to donate the gold medal to a fund to help Ukrainian refugees.
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