While The Kremlin. Congratulations immediately Russian journalist Dmitry Maratov To win Nobel Peace Prize Friday, Unrestrained. Russian oppression He does not show signs of recognition against the free media.
This week, documents leaked from Pandora Papers revealed that President Vladimir Putin’s alleged ex-boyfriend bought a 3.6 million euro (2 4.2 million) apartment in Monaco. It strengthened. Belief in the Kremlin Two people close to the government said that a Western campaign was underway to tarnish its image. Pressure on independent media is likely to increase.
“It was a direct attack on Putin,” said Alexander Ionov, a Kremlin supporter who successfully lobbied the authorities to impose. Strict media restrictions Critics of the president say “we are going to fight a relentless war with them and their sponsors in the United States and the United Kingdom.”
“It is not clear how this information can be trusted,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, dismissing the revelations in Pandora’s papers. Yes OK Russia has always been a hostile environment for journalists. Criticizing the authorities, the pressure on independent media increased this year after the imprisonment of Alexei Navalny, Putin’s most vocal critic.
Shortly after his arrest in January, Navalny appeared in a YouTube video that garnered more than 119 million views and claimed that Putin owned a محل 1.3 billion Black Palace. Russian leaders deny any connection to the property. The prosecution later announced that Navalny’s national network of workers was “extremist.”
Roman Badanin, editor-in-chief of Proct – an investigative website that was banned – is now in the United States and has created a new media outlet. He called the allegations Western agentsClassic Soviet-style propaganda That he taught Putin and his colleagues at the KGB school.
Roman Anin, editor-in-chief of Vazhniye Istorii, promised to continue his work. “Putin and his delegation sincerely believe that all independent investigative journalists work for the Western intelligence services,” he said.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova last month criticized the “covert investigation” of Navalny’s allies, claiming that their leadership “serves the intelligence services of countries that consider Russia their enemy.”
Maratov, Nobel Peace Prize, Is the editor-in-chief of the research journal. Novaya Gazeta It was established in 1993 with the support of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. He dedicated the award to four of his journalists who “defended the people’s right to freedom of expression” as well as a lawyer and rights activist who worked with him.
“Since they are not with us,” he said, the Nobel Committee “apparently decided I should tell everyone.”