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Kremlin: it’s better ask RBC owners why its management changed

May 13, 19:16 UTC+3
The question about the reasons for the changes in RBC news holding management should be addressed to the holding’s owners —Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov
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SOCHI, May 13. /TASS/. The question about the reasons for the changes in RBC news holding management should be addressed to the holding’s owners, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

"It should not be forgotten that this is a private news holding. So, it would probably by right to ask the holding’s owners about the reason behind the change in its editorial management," Peskov said.

He said that an RBC has already come up with a statement to deny any external pressure on the holding’s editorial policy. "It would be right to cite the president who said today while visiting VGTRK broadcaster that he is an advocate of information pluralism," Peskov stressed.

He underscored that law enforcement agencies have no authority to change management in mass media outlets. Apart from that, he recalled his latest meeting with Yelizaveta Osetinskaya, the editor-in-chief of Russia's RBC media holding, who told him she was planning to take a vacation and said nothing about the plans to leave the holding.

RBC press service said earlier on Friday Yelizaveta Osetinskaya, as well as Maxim Solyus, the editor-in-chief of the RBC daily newspaper, and Roman Badanin, the head of the RBC news agency, are leaving the holding.

"We recently had many discussions of RBC further development and could not come to a common opinion on the key issues, therefore the decision was made to part with each other. I’d like to thank Yelizaveta, Roman and Maxim for their work and contribution into the company’s development," RBC director general Nikolai Molibog said.

Osetinskaya, Badanin and Solyus were unavailable for comment.

Osetinskaya who joined RBC in 2013 said on her Facebook page she will not talk with anyone at the moment and thanked her followers and friends for support.

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