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Management’s reason for the reassignments was the impersonal sounding, consultant lingo of “optimization of business processes.” There is a more persuasive explanation, one that is historically consistent with managerial interference into the editorial decisions made by journalists at the agency owned by billionaire Igor Kolomoisky. 

According to Valentina Romanenko, one of the journalists who was denied access to office computers when she showed up to work on Aug. 28, her reassignment and that of Alexander Volyn, Lyubov Zhalovaha, Tetyana Maydanovich and Roman Romaniuk was political and in retaliation for the group sounding the alarm earlier this year about UNIAN management’s attempt to censor stories posted to its website and to even taking money for some “news” articles. 

UNIAN’s fall from grace could have been predicted before that, though, when a mass exodus of journalists dedicated to editorial independence made way for a new crew of crony phonies.

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