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Russia’s Kommersant editor-in-chief resigns amid Rosneft lawsuit

November 10, 2014, 15:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Mikhail Mikhailin resignation comes almost two weeks after Kommersant reported that Russian oil giant Rosneft allegedly prepared a set of new retaliatory measures amid Western sanctions
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Mikhail Mikhailin

Mikhail Mikhailin

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MOSCOW, November 10. /TASS/. The editor-in-chief of Russia’s Kommersant business daily, Mikhail Mikhailin, has resigned after four years in the post, the president of the Kommersant publishing house said on Monday.

“Mikhailin has left his post. Sergey Yakovlev, editor-in-chief of Kommersant Money has been offered to become the editor-in-chief. If he accepts the proposal, he may start fulfilling his duties today,” Vladimir Zhelonkin said.

The resignation comes almost two weeks after Kommersant reported that Russian oil giant Rosneft allegedly prepared a set of new retaliatory measures aimed at supporting the national economy amid Western sanctions.

Rosneft later announced plans to file a lawsuit against the Kommersant report. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov also rejected the report saying it was not true.

Meanwhile, Kommersant Director General Pavel Filenkov rejected the reports on Monday that the resignation is linked to Rosneft’s lawsuit. “This has absolutely no relation to Rosneft or any other events,” he stressed.

Filenkov said no decision has been made whether Mikhailin will remain in the publishing house or will leave.

A spokesman for Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who owns the Kommersant publishing house, one of the largest in Russia, has declined to comment on the resignation.

Mikhail Mikhailin was appointed as Kommersant editor-in-chief in June 2010. In the 1990s, Mikhailin held various positions in the Kommersant publishing house. He was editor-in-chief of Russia’s online newspaper Gazeta.ru in 2006-2010.

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