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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kiselyov Urged to Give Up Editorship

Moskovskiye Novosti's supervisory board has urged that Yevgeny Kiselyov hand over his post as editor to fired deputy editor Lyudmila Telen but retain his position as the newspaper's general director as a way to resolve a bitter labor dispute, a board member said Monday.

The request was among recommendations made at a meeting last Tuesday, said the board member, playwright Alexander Gelman, Interfax reported.

He said the board did not initially disclose its recommendations because it wanted to give MN owners Leonid Nevzlin and Mikhail Khodorkovsky time to consider them. The board, however, decided Monday to go public to end "unneeded speculations that could damage the newspaper," he said.

Gelman said the board also recommended that Telen and six other journalists fired by Kiselyov last month be reinstated.

He said he did not know when Nevzlin and Khodorkovsky might weigh in on the board's recommendations.

Kiselyov's spokeswoman Tatyana Blinova said it was the board members' right to make their recommendations public whenever they pleased.