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Lenta.ru briefly calls out Kremlin’s ‘paranoiac’ war, filled with anti-war, anti-Putin content

Russia Ukraine WarLenta.ru briefly calls out Kremlin's 'paranoiac' war, filled with anti-war, anti-Putin content

Moscow (The Times Groupe)- Russian news website Lenta.ru briefly posted materials critical of President Vladimir Putin and his government amid a crackdown by the state on independent journalism and media reports critical of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

As Putin used the commemoration of the Soviet Union’s role in the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 to justify Russia’s war against Ukraine on May 9, about a dozen articles appeared on Lenta.ru.

In the reports headlines such as “Putin is a Miserable Dictator and Paranoid,” “Russian elite sick of nepotism and being sycophants,” and “Russian economy is ailing. Putin must go.” appeared.”

Every article carried a disclaimer that stated, “This material was not authorized by our leadership, and the administration will hit the editors for publishing it.”

The Insider and Mediazona websites quoted Lenta.ru correspondent Yegor Polyakov as saying that he and his colleague, Aleksandra Miroshnikova, posted the materials in question on the website.

“We didn’t do this as a result of a hacker’s attack, but made this decision deliberately. Our main motivation was conscience,” Polyakov said, adding that “it is now possible to say we are no longer working at Lenta.ru.”.”

The stories in question have since been replaced with regular articles, but you can still find them in the archived versions of the website.

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