The Russian Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper removed an offensive phrase from a column on Monday, the Meduza website reported. In an article mentioning Russian Internet founder Anton Nossik and journalist Sergei Parkhomenko, both of Jewish heritage, the author wrote that they could only be "cured by the gas chamber."
The gas chamber phrase was removed after the piece was published on the newspaper's website, but Parkhomenko managed to take a screenshot of the original text and post it online.
Sergei Leleka, the author of the piece, told Meduza that his editors told him to remove the passage and that he agreed with their decision.
The offending column was in response to social media posts from Nossik and Parkhomenko about the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, which is currently heading to the Mediterranean Sea. Leleka's article attacked them for writing about the vessel despite the fact that they are not military experts.