On Friday, Russia's oldest independent English-language newspaper, the Moscow Tribune, was unable to print its latest edition carrying reports of the week's dramatic events after the management of the state-owned printing house Pressa issued a demand for prepayment of the printing job.
Pressa's general director instructed the plant's production staff not to accept the Moscow Tribune until prepayment had been made.
The newspaper, in a statement, said the printing plant's accounts department did not have any complaints and was unaware of management's new instructions, made less than 12 hours before the paper was due to print. The Moscow Tribune, which had printed at the Pressa plant since 1992, had paid all current bills and was issued a new advance bill on Thursday evening, too late to make payment by bank transfer. The newspaper was not formally notified by the printers of any change in accounting procedure.
The same printing plant issued a retroactive bill to another English-language newspaper, The Moscow Times, and substantially increased printing charges, forcing that paper to switch printers.
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