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Journalist Fired for Refusing to Cover Putin's Flight with Endangered Cranes

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Russian president Vladimir Putin leading a flock of endangered Siberian whites cranes in flight. ( Photo: BBC Video)

Not every journalist in Russia was happy to cover Vladimir Putin's escapade this week, when he led Siberian cranes across the Arctic in a motorized hang-glider.

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Writer Masha Gessen tells host Lisa Mullins she refused to cover the event, and as a result lost her job.

Until earlier this week Gessen was the chief editor of Russia's oldest magazine, a travel and science magazine called Vokrug Sveta.

In a statement Tuesday the magazine said Gessen left by agreement with management because of "differences" on the separation of editorial and publishing powers.

Vokrug Sveta collaborates with the Russian Geographical Society, and its board of trustees is chaired by Putin.