Raf S. Schakirow was one of the co-founders of the first Russian economic newspaper, ‘Komersant’, where he held several leading positions until 1997, when its publisher was replaced. Shakirov was the founder of the award-winning weekly newspaper for private investors, ‘Dengi’, and directed the large newspaper publishing company ‘Gazeta’. In 2004 he was fired from his position as chief editor of ‘Isvestia’ after critical coverage of the hostage crisis in Beslan. He currently works as a media consultant.
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