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13 December 2011
RUSSIA: 14 Dec UPDATE: 60 Journalists Protest...Oligarch Firing Magazine Editor Over Anti-Putin Photo.
Alisher Usmanov (above)...billionaire metals oligarch and owner of Kommersant publishing house...fired his magazine's longtime chief editor Maxim Kovalsky and another executive...for publishing a photograph with an obscene message about PM Vladimir Putin.
More than 60 members of the magazine signed an open letter of protest over the firings.
The KOMMERSANT magazine had pictured a paper ballot with the words "Putin, go ###k yourself".
The foto caption read: "A correctly filled out ballot recognised as invalid."
The magazine's publisher also resigned.