Alexei Goreslavsky, new editor-in-chief of Lenta.ru, believes the Lenta.ru can continue working.
"Our main priority now is the editorial staff and its condition. It's important to keep it capable of working," Goreslavsky told Interfax on Thursday.
Goreslavsky said he has met with the Lenta.ru staff, but the people's emotions in this situation made a constructive conversation impossible.
"I am having another meeting with the editorial staff in literally half an hour. I hope for better communication, which will probably make it clear how we should proceed," Goreslavsky said.
Alexander Mamut, owner of Lenta.ru and the company Afisha-Rambler-SUP, replaced the publication's editor-in-chief on March 12. Galina Timchenko, who had worked for Lenta.ru since 1999 and who had been editor-in-chief for the past ten years, was replaced with Goreslavsky. Before this appointment, Goreslavsky was deputy general director on external communications at Afisha-Rambler-SUP.
The decision to replace the editor-in-chief was made several hours after Lenta.ru was issued a warning by Roskomnadzor, which accused it of violating Russian legislation by disseminating extremist information (Lenta.ru had published links to an interview with Dmytro Yarosh, leader of a Ukrainian national organization).
After the news came about the replacement of the editor-in-chief, the Lenta.ru editorial staff issued a statement in her support and several journalists said n social networking sites that they intend to leave Lenta.ru.
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