July 5, 2017 Last Updated 11:15 am

The Moscow Times reports on closing of The New Times’s print edition… then announces closing of its own print edition

Both publications — one in Russian, one in English — hope to carry on as digital-only news outlets, but The Moscow Times will be losing much of its editorial staff in the move

These are tough times to be the publisher of an independent publication in Russia — a preview of what, no doubt awaits us here in the States unless things begin to change. Today, The Moscow Times reported that The New Times would shutter its print edition. Later in the day it then reported that it would shutter its own print edition after printing a special souvenir edition on Thursday, July 6.

Both publications are independent of the Kremlin, with The New Times published in Russian, The Moscow Times in English.

“For ten years, despite all the difficulties, troubles, threats, we have remained an absolutely independent publication,” editor-in-chief Yevgenia Albats said in the last print edition. “Having a paper publication is a quality sign of sorts, whether we like it or not,” Albats said. “We held as long as we could. But we can’t do a magazine without money.”

The magazine can trace its founding back to 1943 and for part of its existence followed the party line, as you might have expected, but has been independent editorially since its rebirth in 1988.

Later in the day The Moscow Times posted its own, sad announcement:

Both publications hope to exist in digital form, though much of the staff of has been let go. An earlier announcement hinted at the move, as the paper will be moved to a charitable foundation in partnership with the current owner, Demyan Kudryavtsev.

“Throughout its existence, The Moscow Times has remained dedicated to independent reporting and excellence in journalism,” outgoing editor Mikhail Fishman said in a post on the paper’s website. “It has played a unique role in covering Russian affairs and politics from the inside. I hope it will continue to stick to these principles throughout the future.”

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