Since the outbreak of post-election protests, the Belarusian version of Komsomolskaya Pravda (commonly called Komsomolka) has had difficulty getting its copies printed in Belarus. The team is doing its best to provide its readers with unbiased and reliable information about current developments in the country.
“One cannot stand by abusing peaceful people”: the words of prominent Russian actor Oleg Basilashvili are quoted on the front page of the issue of August, 26. There are also the stories of Minsk doctors who are treating the people injured during the so called pacification.
The current editor-in-chief, Andrey Laukouski, is now to take the deputy position. His boss will be Marina Bunakova who worked in the main editorial office of Komsomolskaya Pravda in Moscow. Previously, she was in charge of the local version in Khabarovsk region. As she said, the company’s management suggested such personnel changes be made so that the Minsk-based editorial office could ‘get out of the crisis situation’.
Over the past weeks, Komsomolskaya Pravda in Belarus has been printed in Russia as Belarusian printing houses refused to accept the order referring to ‘technical grounds’. The populae newspaper could not be officially printed in Belarus due to the alleged equipment occurrences. However, the team believes the Belarusians authorities are throwing a spanner in their work to prevent them from presenting a truthful picture of what is now happening in Belarus.