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Friday, November 24, 2017

A letter to President Poroshenko


President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the decree about introduction of personal sanctions against the leaders of a number of Russian media. To monitor the implementation of this decision will be the Secretary of the national security Council and defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov. “By this decree, the President enacted the NSDC decision, which until 31 December 2017, apply personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) to individuals who are creating real and potential threats to national interests, national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”, — stated in the official report. Among got under sanctions editor — in-chief “MK” Pavel Gusev.


photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the decree about introduction of personal sanctions against the leaders of a number of Russian media. To monitor the implementation of this decision will be the Secretary of the national security Council and defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov. “By this decree, the President enacted the NSDC decision, which until 31 December 2017, apply personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) to individuals who are creating real and potential threats to national interests, national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”, — stated in the official report. Among got under sanctions editor — in-chief “MK” Pavel Gusev.

…When I found out about it, just took as a personal insult. Because I always considered and I consider myself a freelance journalist working in the best and the free newspaper. In the paper, where the main criterion has always been about self-expression and sense of humor. Well, the rest is really how to deliver. Want to be free, be happy!

Nobody asked me to write this note. I made a choice. You can not force me to write something on someone’s orders. Even at the behest of the chief editor. By the way, today marks 33 years, as he leads the “MK”.

I am completely free and I catch a buzz from it. But you know, who guarantees me that freedom. Namely Gusev and guarantees. In 95% of cases from what I write, he’s on my side. He, and therefore the editorial Board.

I have always exposed the lies and propaganda coming from the TV box. Always tough spoke about the actions of Russia in the Donbass. And at the same time felt the support of the chief editor. Yes, he could do something to mitigate (slightly), and if it was for me not essential, I agree. But in some moments could reject and tasks requests. “I don’t think so or feel so to write can not, sorry.” “But it’s the job of the chief editor”, — he said. “Yes, but you taught us free journalism”. Gusev was insulted at first, but ultimately completely understood me.

“Moskovsky Komsomolets” newspaper opinions. The most different, sometimes the opposite. No one caters for, namely, engaged in journalism. Yes, we have people who support DPR and LPR. But there are those who do not accept the policy of Russia in Ukraine. And we write about it on our pages. In my opinion, is the freedom of speech in its purest form (Yes, at a discount to today’s realities). And Gusev, again, there is the guarantor of this freedom.

It is clear, for their freedom, for their “I” must be fought, just so nothing is given. Nothing heroic there, that’s fine, a philosophy of life. You know, Gusev always will appreciate it. And yet I know that for him the most important person in journalism. Any — strange, incomprehensible, even, maybe, a little insane, but if only gray.

Gusev together with the newspaper has done much for the development of freedom of speech back in the USSR. And now, in Russia. It is also an indisputable fact.

Then where did the “Moskovsky Komsomolets” in the black list, Mr. Poroshenko? May, in connection with rampant de-communization of Ukrainian? The President rushed to the word “Komsomolets”, as a red rag? But we are not going to abandon my past, even from the name.

Mr. Poroshenko, and you even read our paper? “Do not read until dinner Soviet Newspapers. — But there are no other… — so don’t read any!”? Well, of course, better watch your own “channel 5”, that’s where all correctly tell and show.

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