12 June 2008
Moscow's Exile May Close
The Exile is being forced to close, which is a pity if you are the type who enjoys adverts like the above for the Ukrainian army which they ran for us westerners. I'm not talking about this blog, I'm talking about the Moscow based alternative newspaper called the Exile which has been in business since 1997 and which claims a circulation of 25,000 for its fortnightly issues.
The paper is under threat from the Russian authorities and is pleading for funds to enable it to survive at least as an on-line venture. The existing website gets over 200,000 hits a month, so that idea looks like a goer to me.
If you want to know the full story, editor Mark Ames has written up hasty accounts here and here. Basically the paper has annoyed the powers that be and that appears to be that as far as the print edition is concerned.
Will they survive as a website? That all depends on whether they can pay off their debts and start again with a server that the Russian government can't get at.