Russian News Outlet ‘Novaya Gazeta’ to Shut Down its Operations Until the End of War

Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper announced that the publication’s online and print operations will be suspended until the end of Russia’s “special operation” in Ukraine.

The investigative newspaper, which had already removed material on Russia’s military action in Ukraine from its website to comply with new media law, said it had received another warning about its reporting from state communications regulator Roskomnadzor on Monday, prompting it to halt operations.

“We are suspending the publication of the newspaper on our website, social media networks, and in print until the end of the ‘special operation on Ukraine’s territory,” Gazeta expressed on its website.

Dmitry Muratov, the paper’s editor and last year’s co-winner of the Nobel peace prize said in a separate message to readers that the choice to suspend their activities was tough but necessary.

Since Moscow pushed soldiers into Ukraine last month, pressure on liberal Russian media outlets has increased, with most mainstream media and state-controlled organizations adopting the Kremlin’s vocabulary to describe the crisis.

Novaya Gazeta’s announcement follows another Russian media entity, Ekho Moskvy’s closure, which was one of the few remaining liberal voices in the Russian media.

The BBC, Voice of America, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty also had all had their websites shut down by the authorities in Russia.

Novaya Gazeta, which was founded after the Soviet Union disintegrated, has faced intimidation and violence for years as a result of investigations exposing human rights breaches and corruption.

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