Press Secretary of speaker of the Federation Council, Vladislav Ponomarenko said that the situation with the dismissal of the journalists of “Kommersant” of material about the Chairman of the upper house of the Parliament cannot be a “subject of comment by Valentina Matvienko or device SF”.
“This is a personnel decision, which, no doubt, caused a resonance in social networks, it was argued and taken over by the publishing house “Kommersant”, so it is recommended to seek explanations for them. Messages in the Internet can not be the reason for the appeal to the Federation Council”, — quotes Ponomarenko radio station “Moscow speaking”.
Earlier today it became known that the special correspondent of the publishing house “Kommersant” Ivan Safronov and the correspondent of Department policy Maxim Ivanov leave the newspaper after he wrote an article about the possible resignation of Valentina Matviyenko from the post of speaker of the Federation Council. Both journalists reported on social networks that quit not by choice, but because of the decision of the shareholder of the edition billionaire Alisher Usmanov.
Later it turned out that in protest against the dismissal of colleagues, “Kommersant” has decided to leave another 11 people: Deputy editor-in-chief Gleb Cherkasov, the staff of the division of policy — Alla barakhova, Mary-Louise Tirmaste, Natalia Marchenkova, Alexander Georgevich, Sofya Samokhina, Elizabeth Miller, Katherine Grobman, Viktor Khamraev, Vsevolod Inyutin, Anna Pushkarsky.