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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Publisher Closes Chapter on Marie Claire

Independent Media, the parent company of The Moscow Times, said it will cease publication of the Russian-language edition of glossy woman's magazine Marie Claire in July when a licensing agreement with owner Marie Claire Album ends.

The decision, made Thursday, follows a shakeup in Marie Claire Album that saw a large stake in the company being purchased by Hachette Filipacchi Medias. Hachette Filipacchi already publishes Russian-language editions of magazines such as Elle, which is a competitor to Russia's No. 1 woman's magazine Cosmopolitan, published by Independent Media.

Yelena Myasnikova, the Independent Media board member overseeing the company's magazine division, said that while the loss of the title was disappointing, the move would also allow the publishing house to put a stronger focus on another glossy title, Harper's Bazaar.

"Marie Claire was competition for Harper's Bazaar. Now we will have an opportunity to focus our efforts on promoting Harper's Bazaar and boosting it to a new level of popularity and quality," Myasnikova said, adding that the size of Harper's Bazaar would be boosted to 300 pages starting in September.

Myasnikova said Marie Claire, which was launched here in 1997, has never been a market leader like the Russian versions of Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping, also published by Independent Media.

It was unclear Sunday whether Marie Claire would be relaunched in Russia.

Earlier this year, Hachette Filipacchi Medias pulled out from a joint project with the Hearst Corp. to launch Marie Claire in Poland.

An official at Hachette Filipacchi's Moscow offices said there had been some informal talk about re-releasing Marie Claire but that the matter remained very much up in the air.