Commenting on reports that an investor looking to take over Johnston Press has dropped plans to install Alex Salmond as chairman of the newspaper group, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
"After months taking Putin's rouble, it’s no wonder that the former First Minister has been dubbed "politically infected"
"It’s staggering he has stuck by RT while chemical weapons have been released on British soil by Russian agents.
"Alex Salmond needs to bring his relationship with the Russian government's propaganda channel to an end.
"A vibrant and critical free press is essential to our democracy. I hope that any individual or group looking to takeover Johnston Press recognises the importance of that."