Vladimir Gusinsky's case
Mr. Gusinsky's company, Media-Most, owns the
nation's leading independent television station — NTV — and his news programs and
publications have been critical of Kremlin policies.
Throughout the 1990s NTV, a channel that was built from scratch by
Vladimir Gusinsky and a team of journalists, provided Russia’s only television news
that was not under close Kremlin scrutiny. Mr Gusinsky is under house arrest in
Spain as Moscow attempts to have him extradited on fraud charges.
The Gitin Case
The criminal proceedings against Gitin were launched by the Office of the Public
Prosecutor of the Krasnoyarsk Area on March 24, 2000. Gitin was arrested in
Moscow and brought to a remand prison in Krasnoyarsk. In April he was
indicted on charges of taking a bribe of excessive proportions. Between April
and July 2000, Gitin was kept under arrest, before being released under
guarantees from his colleagues in the Yabloko party and the State Duma. During
the investigation, Gitin suffered two heart attacks.
On January 24, 2001, the Public Prosecutor’s Office halted its criminal
investigation against Viktor Gitin, Head of Yabloko in Krasnoyarsk Area and
deputy of the State Duma of the second convocation, due to a “lack of corpus
delicti” (Article 5 of the Criminal Code of the RF).
The Supreme Court of Kalmykia sentenced the killers of editor-in-chief of the
newspaper Sovetskaya Kalmykiya segodnya (Soviet Kalmykia Today) Larisa
Yudina on November 29, 1999 in Elista.
Yudina was killed on June 7, 1998. The majority of the mass
media connected the crime with president of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
Soviet Kalmykia Today criticized him sharply and frequently. An investigation
revealed that she was being threatened and that efforts were being made to
bribe her. The journalist was lured into a deadly trap by an offer of
documents testifying to the embezzlement of budgetary funds by the