Staff at Russian business newspaper Vedomosti have rebelled against current editor-in-chief Andrei Shmarov after his decisions “ignited a censorship scandal at the leading independent publication,” reports The Moscow Times.
Shmarov was appointed after Vedomosti’s previous owner announced its sale this spring.
Writers and editors at the newspaper have named candidate Anfisa Voronina to replace Shmarov as editor.
As per the paper’s legal representative Olga Kurzyakova, 66 out of 90 full-time employees who cast their ballots voted in favor of Voronina.
Voronina is a veteran Vedomosti journalist who has been with the publication for more than 15 years. Currently, she leads its partnership program.
“Anfisa has Vedomosti DNA, she’s a carrier of the publication’s every principle,” said deputy editor Filipp Sterkin.
Vedomosti’s board of directors now have to take into account Voronina’s candidacy. The publication’s new owner Ivan Yeryomin added that Shmarov will continue as editor until the newspaper’s first board meeting under the new ownership.