Publisher defends editor accused of taking cocaine

Axel Springer is defending Russian Newsweek editor following accusation.

The German media house that publishes the Russian Newsweek, has defended the magazine's editor-in-chief Mikhail Fishman.

A video clip surfaced on the video-sharing website Youtube, which appeared to show Fishman - or a person resembling him - snorting cocaine in the company of call girls.

Axel Springer called Fishman a victim of "a targeted campaign based on lies and provocations and interference into a private life," in a statement carried by Ekho Moskvy radio.

The publishing house said Newsweek would maintain its editorial policy of exposing and criticising corruption and other misdeeds by politicians and business leaders, and would not be deterred by such campaigns.