The Kremlin fired the top of TASS final summer time in punishment for the Russian state-run information company’s protection of the Wagner mercenary group’s aborted mutiny, the Moscow Occasions reported, citing unnamed folks accustomed to the scenario.
Sergei Mikhailov was dismissed as common director of TASS in early July, 10 days after Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin staged an tried coup in opposition to Russian navy leaders.
Mikhailov was fired by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko, who referred to as it a voluntary resignation, the newspaper stated. Chernyshenko introduced the appointment of a brand new common director chosen by the Kremlin: Andrei Kondrashov from state-run VGTRK and a former election spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Kremlin, which retains tight management on state and personal media, was sad with what it noticed as an inadequate degree of pro-Kremlin protection by TASS, the Moscow Occasions reported, citing sources at TASS and within the Russian authorities. TASS was the primary media to publish pictures of Wagner fighters on June 24 taking the town middle of Rostov-on-Don and blockading the Southern Army District headquarters, a command middle for the conflict in Ukraine, the newspaper stated.
“TASS lined all this in an excessive amount of element and promptly. Some sort of madness has occurred to them. They’ve forgotten that their essential process is to not report the information. It’s to create an ideologically appropriate narrative for the Kremlin,” the Moscow Occasions quoted an unnamed Russian authorities official as saying.
Mikhailov didn’t reply to a query from the newspaper concerning the causes for his resignation.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied that Mikhailov was sacked. “No, it’s all mistaken,” the newspaper quoted Peskov as saying when requested if Mikhailov was fired. Peskov not reply to a query about why Mikhailov resigned, the paper stated.