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The paper explores a new principle related to Einstein’s theory of relativity. According to the authors, after the Canadian Journal of Physics notified them on July 17 about the decision to retract the paper, they asked the editor to publish their objection “to defend our sound point of view, and beyond this, our scientific reputation.” But Kholmetskii — who lists his affiliation at Belarus State University in Minsk, and Yarman , a professor at Okan University in Istanbul —told us that the editor found their response “inappropriate.” As a result, the authors turned to aiXiv to protest the retraction.