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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Border Holds Up Kommersant




Kommersant readers, expecting to find the regular weekly supplement Vlast, or Power, were disappointed Wednesday to find the insert conspicuously absent.


A sidebar in Wednesday's issue said the supplement, which is printed in Finland, would be unavailable and blamed the Customs Service. The newspaper invited readers to read the insert at the daily's web site instead.


The site revealed neither earth-shattering compromising information on local power players nor out-of-the-ordinary sensationalism. Stories included a feature on President Vladimir Putin's ongoing attempts to overhaul the country's gubernatorial system and a report on Kremlin spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky's recent threat to strike bases in Afghanistan.


Perhaps the most provocative headline read simply "Putin's Way - Human Rights Take Second Place."


Oleg Seryug, a member of Kommersant's security department, said in a telephone interview that the delay at the border was the banal result of an inaccurate count of Vlast supplements included in the regular weekly shipment.


Seryug described the situation as "normal - the result of customs nuances.


"The supplement will appear after a slight delay - perhaps as soon as tomorrow or the day after," he said.


Customs Service officials were unavailable for comment.