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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Editor Named to The Moscow Times




Now established as Russia's only daily English-language newspaper, The Moscow Times on Friday marked a new stage in its seven-year history as Matt Bivens replaces current editor Geoff Winestock.


Winestock, 36, took over the paper in March 1997 after serving for 10 months as its managing editor. Prior to that, Winestock had worked as Moscow correspondent for The Journal of Commerce of the United States, as business editor of The Moscow Times and as a reporter for The Melbourne Age in Australia. Winestock has worked in Russia since 1992.


Bivens, 30, has worked for small community newspapers in the United States and for The Associated Press. In 1991, he was a reporter with AP in London.


Since 1992 Bivens has lived and worked in the former Soviet Union f first as a freelancer based in St. Petersburg, writing frequently for AP and the Los Angeles Times, then in Moscow as political reporter for The Moscow Times.


In 1995 Bivens covered the war in Chechnya with the Los Angeles Times. In 1996 he became editor of The St. Petersburg Times, which had just been acquired by Independent Media, parent company of The Moscow Times. In July 1998 he left The St. Petersburg Times to become managing editor of The Moscow Times. Bivens is married and has two daughters, aged 3 and 10 months.


The period in which Winestock ran The Moscow Times marked the first years in which the paper, which was founded in 1992, traded profitably. The paper continued to make a profit, despite the effects of last year's financial crisis, and is now well positioned to retain its dominance in its market.


The Moscow Times has evolved in the past two years, adding an Internet edition that has grown quickly to have more than 700 paid subscribers and that attracts about 300,000 hits a month.


The paper has also developed a monthly glossy business magazine, The Russia Business Review, which is distributed in The Moscow Times and to subscribers internationally.


Winestock leaves The Moscow Times to take up a reporting position with The Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels. He is married with two children.


The Moscow Times is the flagship English-language publication of Independent Media, which also has a range of Russian-language periodicals including the glossy magazines Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Men's Health, Harper's Bazaar, Yes!, Drive and the food trade publication Vitrina.


This summer, Independent Media will also launch a new Russian-language daily financial and business newspaper in a joint venture with the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal.