Koza Press Editor Dies After Setting Herself on Fire in Protest of Russian Government

Irina Slavina, the founder and editor of the independent Russian news site Koza Press, died on Friday after setting herself on fire in a protest of the Russian government. She was 47 years old.

Before she self-immolated in front of the police headquarters in Nizhny Novgorod, a city located in Central Russia, Slavina posted on her Facebook page, “I ask you to blame the Russian Federation for my death.”

Koza Press confirmed Slavina’s death in a post published on Friday and noted that police had searched Slavina’s apartment on Thursday looking for “brochures, leaflets, accounts” related to Open Russia, an opposition organization funded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an exiled oligarch.

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Former Advertiser editor, columnist Madera A. Spencer turning 100


In 1955, she was hired as the newspaper’s society editor, and would stay with the Advertiser for 27 years; On Oct. 8 the longtime fashion expert from Montgomery will celebrate her birthday.

Madera A. Spencer, who was a society editor and columnist for the Montgomery Advertiser for 27 years, turns 100 on Oct. 8, 2020. (Photo: Contributed)

The Montgomery Advertiser’s Jan. 5, 1955, issue had a busy front page with photos of two amazing women.

At the top was Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe. The other — buried below a dozen small stories — was the smiling face of 34-year-old Madera A. Spencer.

Then publisher R.P. Hudson had just hired Madera as the Advertiser’s society and fashion editor. She had already been published in national magazines and held presidential roles in several writer organizations.

Madera, who turns 100 on Oct. 8, would write several regular columns for the Advertiser over

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