MH17: Forgive us, says Russian paper in slap to Putin
The independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, founded by Russian reformer Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, has given Russian leader Vladimir Putin a slap in the face by dedicating its front page yesterday to a full-page apology to Dutch victims of the MH17 air crash in Ukraine.
A Russian-made surface-to-air missile, said to have been supplied to pro-Russian separatists, is believed to have brought down the Malaysian airliner in the rebel-held Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine 10 days ago.
Russia has denied any responsibility or involvement.
Friday’s poignant front page of Novoya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta’s headline says Forgive us, Netherlands written in Dutch, and in Russian below.
The photo shows a procession of hearses carrying the coffins of victims, taken on Wednesday when the first bodies from the crash site were transported to a military barracks in Holland after a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven airport.
Novaya Gazeta was established by Mikhail Gorbachev, the former leader of the Soviet Union, who used money he received from him his 1990 Nobel Prize to part fund the publication in 1993. The publication is part-owned by Alexander Lebedev, whose son Evgeny owns The Independent newspaper in Britain.
The liberal opposition newspaper is highly regarded for its investigative journalism and critical coverage of Russian politics, says the Independent. Four of its journalists have been murdered since 2001 including Anna Politkovskaya, a virulent critic of the government and high-profile human rights activist who was shot dead in 2006.