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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Journalists To Boycott Graft Cases

Two prominent Russian journalists, fed up with the lurid denunciations Moscow's politicians have been making against each other, have begun a campaign for a press boycott of future charges.


Statements by men like Vice President Alexander Rutskoi and Andrei Makarov, the presidential investigator, denouncing political opponents for corruption will from now on be thrown into the garbage, said Yury Shchekochikhin, who heads the investigative department at the newspaper Literaturnaya Gazeta.


Shchekochikhin sent a fax to colleagues in the press Monday announcing that he would refuse to publicize bank documents or tapes of telephone conversations provided by politicians to back up their charges.


A prominent television journalist, Alexander Lyubimov, launched a parallel offensive in the electronic media.


By mid-afternoon Monday, two radio stations, Yunost and Ekho Moskvy, had offered their support.


Shchekochikhin said the boycott would not affect his determination to get to the bottom of the corruption scandals. But he said he would no longer be party to a process whereby politicians feed journalists with salacious material.