updated Tue. September 6, 2022
The Moscow Times
March 13, 2017
Raf Shakirov was appointed chief editor in 2003 but was fired the following year. The newspaper's billionaire owner, Vladimir Potanin, had run afoul of the Kremlin over Izvestia's vivid coverage of Chechen terrorists' bloody seizure of a school in Beslan, a town in Russia's North Ossetia region. “The decisionÃâÃÂ ...
March 15, 2015
... divisions in Putin's inner circle, always latent, have become more manifest with the Ukraine crisis and have intensified since the February 27 assassination of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. "Now the conflict between the clans has become very seriously intense," says journalist and analyst Raf Shakirov.
June 9, 2011
In late 2004, Editor in Chief Raf Shakirov was forced to resign because government officials were reportedly infuriated by the paper's critical coverage of the Beslan hostage crisis. Since Shakirov's departure, the paper has seldom strayed from being a de facto mouthpiece for Prime Minister Vladimir PutinÃâÃÂ ...
The Other Russia
March 22, 2010
Former Editor-in-Chief Raf Shakirov was fired allegedly as a result of publishing scathing photographs of the 2004 Beslan massacre. A column critical of a film celebrating then-President Vladimir Putin's 55th birthday in 2007 was banned, according to its author Irina Petrovskaya, directly by the order ofÃâÃÂ ...