Thursday, September 03, 2009

Editor denies "disappearance" reports

After the Moscow Times reported that Mikhail Voitenko, editor of the Sovfrakht Marine Bulletin website, had fled Russia after receiving death threats from Russian state officials, a message purporting to be from Voitenko himself has appeared on the site, saying that he has not disappeared, is on business in Istanbul, Turkey, and is preparing "some interesting reports". Voitenko repeats his request to the media "to leave the crew of the Arctic sea alone", and says that in three or four days the Sovfrakht Bulletin website will resume normal operation.

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