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Ukraine crisis: Scribes of latest independent news network flee Russia for safety, World News

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The last journalists of the independent news channel in Russia have left the country for safety.

It comes a day after Russia set up a digital roadblock against the network.

In an order issued on Tuesday, the country’s attorney general’s office restricted access to both TV Rain, also known as Dozhd, and a radio station, Radio Echo, also known as Ekho Moskvy.

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On Wednesday, TV Rain editor Tikhon Dzyadko announced on Telegram that he and his family, as well as the editorial staff, had left the country.

“After the blocking of Dozhd’s website, Dozhd’s social media accounts and threats against some employees, it is clear that the personal safety of some of us is at risk,” Dzyadko said.

In Russia, most media have complied with state orders to follow President Vladimir Putin’s stance on the invasion.

Russia Today’s global live broadcast refers to it as a “special operation”.

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The determination of TV Rain and Ekho Moskvy to defy the Kremlin to track journalism made them targets.

On Telegram, Dzyadko said that TV Rain would appeal the decision of the attorney general’s office. He will also continue to work “partly remotely”.

“We face a real threat. It’s getting harder and harder to work here,” presenter Ekaterina Kotrikadze, married to Dzyadko, told ‘Reliable Sources’ from Moscow on Sunday.

“They’re trying to make us, you know, deliver the same message as them, but you know it’s impossible for us to work like that,” she said.

(With agency contributions)

Christi C. Elwood