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Vitaly Korotich, former editor-in-chief of Ogonyok: Valentin Yumashev was for Yeltsin, I was for Gorbachev. but we are still friends

Date: June 1, 2023 Time: 19:14:54

Vitali Korotich

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On the air of Radio “Komsomolskaya Pravda” (97.2 FM) the hero of the day was congratulated by his longtime colleague.

… – Hello! Vitaly Alekseevich, today is the birthday, 65 years old, of Valentin Yumashev, a journalist from our Komsomolskaya Pravda and his Ogonyok.

– Oh, Valya, I have to call now.

– … there are no former journalists. Before you write and call, tell us, on the air of Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda: what do you really think about Valentin Borisovich?

– You know, I think that in addition to being a talented journalist, he has a remarkable quality that not everyone, even talented journalists, possess.

Yumashev is a very loyal person. If he is devoted to a cause, if he is devoted to some person, he never changes.

Valya is not an opportunist, he is very faithful to the chosen path, and you can trust him.

I am absolutely firmly convinced that it will be bad for me, well, he will treat me exactly, and I will treat him exactly the same.

– So let’s go, in support of our words, a few episodes, please remember from his biography “Ogonkovskoy”. Associated, perhaps, with Boris Yeltsin or Mikhail Gorbachev.

– You know what happens…

He always had an absolutely precise and trusting affect, or something like that.

It turned out that there was a time when I was more inclined, as a human being, to Mikhail Sergeevich, and Valentin became friends (he became friends in a human way) with Boris Nikolaevich and helped him write his memoirs.

And then a situation arose when Gorbachev suddenly told me, they say: this, that, this, that, in general we should smear Yeltsin, put him in his place.

On Thursday, December 15, the former head of the Russian Presidential Administration, former journalist of Komsomolskaya Pravda, turns 65

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And I didn’t want to do that.

And then – Yumashev: “And I already have Yeltsin’s memoirs, I should probably print them.” And there were a lot of those not very favorable thoughts about Gorbachev.

– And how did you do it?

– At first I thought and thought, but both Gorbachev and Yumashev were equally dear to me.

And then I talked with the guys, invited, so that there were no unnecessary conversations, an audit team that checked all the funds, all the affairs in Ogonyok … And I agreed that I would leave and hand over Ogonyok to Yumashev and the second student of Komsomolskaya Pravda-Gushchin.

I left them in place. And I was sure that they would be worthy, they would not humiliate me, Ogonyok would not humiliate me.

Yumashev and Gushchin prepared a whole thank you issue dedicated to me.

And, regardless of the fact that we sometimes love different people, support different thoughts, we have remained faithful to each other until now.

– I just did not understand, did you publish Yeltsin’s memoirs that Yumashev worked on?

– I have published, but not all.

– And why did you leave?

– You know, I realized that I do not want to maneuver between Yeltsin and Gorbachev. He respectfully treated one and the other.

Gorbachev asked me to attack Yeltsin, and memories of Yeltsin came back that were not very favorable to Gorbachev, and I had to remain favorable to only one of them… But I didn’t want to, I respected one, I respected the other. In the meantime, I was completely inundated with offers from universities around the world to come, I was recently heralded as the best editor in the world, etc. And I signed a one-year contract with Boston University.

And then something started that I couldn’t foresee: an attempted coup, the State Emergency Committee, everything in the world.

And then another story followed, other adventures…

One way or another, we called Yumashev again and suddenly realized that we were still faithful to each other and understood each other very well.

– Now call Yumashev, if it’s not a secret – what will you tell him?

– I want him to be healthy. This is something that is subject to some changes and is not up to us. And in all other respects it has not changed. And may God grant him to remain as firm and faithful as he has been up to now. And, so that he lives a long, long time and is an example of how journalists from Komsomolskaya Pravda are examples of not only professional skills, but also decency.

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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