Russia’s Ekho Moskvy radio station, which gives a platform to critics of the government, said it faces a threat to editorial independence as its state-controlled majority owner moved to replace the company’s chief executive.
Ekho Moskvy said its controlling shareholder, OAO Gazprom’s media unit, of seeking to dissolve the radio’s board a month after Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the station of vilifying him “from morning to night.”
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said radio station Ekho Moskvy, controlled by state-owned OAO Gazprom, is serving U.S. foreign-policy interests while using Russian taxpayer money. He spoke at a meeting outside Moscow today.
Moscow police arrested at least 70 anti-government protesters who were calling on Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ’s government to honor Russian citizens’ right to assemble, Ekho Moskvy radio station said.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s top economic aide, Arkady Dvorkovich, said he probably will leave his Kremlin post after presidential elections next year and hopes to join a government led by his current boss.
Russian billionaire newspaper owner Alexander Lebedev, who backs the opposition movement, is ready to cede his stake in Novaya Gazeta, the investigative newspaper he co-owns with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Ekho Moskvy radio reported.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin berated U.S. influence at a Moscow radio station and blamed billionaire oligarchs for souring the investment climate as campaigning for presidential elections kicked off.