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Behind the “Putin Divorce” hoax.
Posted: 25 April 2008 07:42 AM   [ Ignore ]
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A number of Russian and international news sources recently carried news that Putin planned to divorce his wife and marry former gymnast Alina Kabayeva, now a member of the Russian parliament. Putin has, naturally, strongly denied the rumours ([1][2][3]).

But there’s more to catch a MoH’ers eye than just claim and counter-claim.

[quote author=“KP.ru”]Moskovsky Korrespondent columnist, Lev Ryzhkov, who was on vacation at the time, immediately blew the whistle on the hoax upon his return, describing how the the intricate hoax had been constructed on his internet forum, and laying responsibility firmly at the foot of the editorial team. “We just didn’t have anything to put on the page, so we thought up this tall-tale,” said Ryzhkov. However, his revelation was less than warmly received by his co-workers, one of whom punched him in the face shortly after the story broke. He was called a traitor and asked to leave the company, but not before Chief Editor Grigoriy Nekhoroshev, who wrote his own resignation.

“I just wanted to tell the truth,” Ryzhkov said.

[More here… (including a translation of the blog post)]

So why pick a career in journalism then? :-s

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