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3 top editors resign from top Russian media firm RBC

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, May  12, 2016, people smoke at the RBC, Media Group Russian Business Consulting firm headquarters which includes the first Russian business television company building in Moscow, Russia. Three key editors at top Russian media holding firm RBC said Friday they have resigned amid a flurry of probes and police raids around the company. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    In this photo taken on Thursday, May 12, 2016, people smoke at the RBC, Media Group Russian Business Consulting firm headquarters which includes the first Russian business television company building in Moscow, Russia. Three key editors at top Russian media holding firm RBC said Friday they have resigned amid a flurry of probes and police raids around the company. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, May  12, 2016, people smoke at the RBC, Media Group Russian Business Consulting firm headquarters which includes the first Russian business television company building in Moscow, Russia. Three key editors at top Russian media holding firm RBC said Friday they have resigned amid a flurry of probes and police raids around the company. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    In this photo taken on Thursday, May 12, 2016, people smoke at the RBC, Media Group Russian Business Consulting firm headquarters which includes the first Russian business television company building in Moscow, Russia. Three key editors at top Russian media holding firm RBC said Friday they have resigned amid a flurry of probes and police raids around the company. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, May  12, 2016, a woman walks past the RBC, Media Group Russian Business Consulting holding firm headquarters which includes the first Russian business television company building in Moscow, Russia. Three key editors at top Russian media holding firm RBC said Friday they have resigned amid a flurry of probes and police raids around the company. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    In this photo taken on Thursday, May 12, 2016, a woman walks past the RBC, Media Group Russian Business Consulting holding firm headquarters which includes the first Russian business television company building in Moscow, Russia. Three key editors at top Russian media holding firm RBC said Friday they have resigned amid a flurry of probes and police raids around the company. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

Three key editors at top Russian media holding firm RBC have resigned amid a flurry of probes and police raids around the company.

RBC's web-site was ranked the most-visited news website in Russia last year, just a few years after the company was bought by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, better known as the owner of Brooklyn Nets. RBC last year broke the news about a woman reported to be President Vladimir Putin's daughter and the business of a man reported to be her husband.

RBC said in a statement Friday that the resignations of Elizaveta Osetinskaya, Maxim Solyus and Roman Badanin were effective immediately.

Badanin, editor-in-chief of RBC's news service, told The Associated Press the views of the editors and the management have diverged "as the company found itself under pressure."