Today, Dec 16, the News Agency "15 Minut", recently a part of the Crimean production studio Qara Deniz Production, has ceased its work, according to a post on the agency's website.

Part of ATR media holding, the news agency was shut down since the owner of the ATR media holding, which moved to Kiev, laid claim to the agency brand.

- In less than three years of work the readership of "15 Minut" has grown up to 30 thousand visitors per day with number of page views reaching 3 million per month. We are happy we have managed to help many people to reach out to those in power to tackle their problems. We are grateful for your comments and criticism, which we heard often, according to a statement.

Reportedly, the staff will try to resume its work, but in a new format.

- As of today, the former staff of "15 Minut" will focus on the creation of an entirely new Crimean Internet project and inform you soon about it. So we do not say goodbye, our dear readers, but rather see you soon! See you in the new project! Reported "15 Minut."

This is not the first media outlet in the peninsula that had to cease its work after the Russia’s annexation of Crimea. April 1, part of the ATR media holding, the Crimean Tatar ATR and Lale TV Channels, Meydan and "Leader" Radio Companies also ceased broadcasting due to not being “granted” a Russian license. "Crimea Media" news agency has also suffered from the same fate and stopped its work recently. QHA (Crimean news agency) also failed to get this top license and therefore was forced to move to Kiev.