Russian newspaper gets extremism warning

The Russian Federal Mass Media Inspection Service has issued a formal warning to Vedomosti, saying the newspaper promoted extremism by publishing an opinion piece by a well-known writer and journalist three months ago.

The watchdog ruled that Maya Kucherskaya’s article “Timeless Values. A Communication Breakdown,” published April 9, publicly justified terrorist activity and issued the first  extremism warning against Vedomosti on June 24. Two extremism warnings give the authorities the right to close a media outlet.

The article, removed from Vedomosti’s site but available elsewhere online (in Russian), discusses what could have motivated the female suicide bombers who blew themselves up in the Moscow metro on March 29, killing 40 people.

This is the second time that Vedomosti has been accused of promoting terrorism in connection with the March bombings. State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov on April 2 accused the newspaper and Moskovsky Komsomolets of siding with Chechen rebels in articles about the attack. Vedomosti sued Gryzlov for defamation, but a Moscow court dismissed the lawsuit in May.

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