2008 June 05 Thursday
Russian Government To Shut The Exile?

The English language Russian expat newspaper The Exile is threatened with closure by the illiberal Russian government. Editor Mark Ames is perhaps sarcastically upbeat about their prospects under the new President Medvedev.

Welp, those dangerous days are behind us folks. Now that the liberal Medvedev Era has arrived, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. At last, after all of the assaults, lawsuits, threats, thefts, bad drug deals, false pregnancies and petty betrayals, after the terrifying presidencies of Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, the light of liberal freedom is shining into our basement offices. We can already taste the fresh gusts of liberal-air blowing in from that little fella with the big floppy head and the stumpy armsódamn, heís cute, ainít he?

Of course Vladimir Putin decided to take most of the power with him to his new role as Prime Minister. So if The Exile gets shut down will it be killed off by Putin or Medvedev?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2008 June 05 11:08 PM  Russia

mike said at June 6, 2008 8:30 PM:

Bear in mind the exile would be shut down in most western countries, which have much tougher libel laws than Russia.

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