NY Times

The New York Times is pulling its staff out of Russia due to the country’s suppression of the free press and the new law that threatens 15 years of jail time for those who report “fake news,” which is generally defined as information that counters Putin’s propaganda.

The exit from Russia is to ensure the safety and security of the paper’s editorial staff, NYT spokeswoman Nicole Taylor told the Washington Post.

Taylor said the NYT looks forward to returning its staffers to Russia as soon as possible and promised that the paper will continue its robust coverage of the war in Ukraine.

The Post, which has removed the bylines and datelines from its Moscow-based reporters to protect its correspondents, called the NYT the first major American news organization to withdraw from Russia.