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Independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazetawhose editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, announced Monday it will pause all operations due to increasing pressure from the Russian government, leaving the Russian media landscape nearly barren of independent reporting.

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In a three-sentence statement posted to its website, Novaya Gazeta announced it will pause its online and print publication after receiving its second official warning from the Russian media censorship agency Roskomnadzor.

The suspension will last until the end of Russia’s “special operation on the territory of Ukraine,” Novaya Gazeta said, likely referring to the Russian censorship law enacted this month that makes any reference to Russia’s war on Ukraine as a “war” or “invasion”, or any reporting deemed to question the Russian military, punishable with up to 15 years in jail.

Novaya Gazeta marks the latest Russian media outlet to shutter due to censorship, and the English-language Moscow Times may be the only remaining independent publication in Russia.

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