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I was 'fired' because of the Kremlin

The Russian journalist Galina Timchenko was chief editor of popular independent Russian news website but was abruptly sacked in March 2014 after publishing an interview with a member of Right Sector, a prominent Ukrainian nationalist group.

At the time of her departure the news service achieved 3m unique users per day. She told Hardtalk's Sarah Montague, that when she informed the news sites' owner about the success he was scared.

She said: "The Kremlin want to control all major channels of information and Lenta became number one on the Russian internet."

She was replaced by Alexei Goreslavsky, who had previously headed a staunchly pro-Kremlin website.

Most of Timchenko's journalists followed her out of the door and many of them now work under her at the Latvia-based

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