Spectre of oil giant Rosneft looms over Russian independent media

Moscow (AFP) - Russian oil giant Rosneft, run by a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, is wielding growing influence over Russia's remaining independent media outlets, already squeezed by tightening press freedoms and pressure from the Kremlin.Now, reporters at the country's top liberal business daily Vedomosti -- shaken in March by an announcement from owner Demyan Kudryavtsev that he planned to sell the newspaper -- have denounced censorship under its new acting editor-in-chief.Andrei Shmarov was appointed in late March, ahead of the sale's completion. Journalists say they were barred fr...


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