POLICE ARRIVE AT NTV OFFICE
Moscow -Three police officers have arrived at the NTV office in
the Ostankino television center. They announced they will be waiting
for former leadership of NTV to come out.
SELEZNYOV CRITICIZES NEW NTV HEADS
Moscow - Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov commented on yesterday's
elections of new leadership of Russia's independent television
station, NTV and noted he did not expect such a bad decision.
Seleznyov called Alfred Kokh, the new head of the NTV board of
directors, and Boris Jordan, the NTV general director, "roguish"
and said they will not be able to settle either the conflict around
NTV or its financial problems.
YABLOKO TO URGE DUMA TO SUPPORT NTV
Moscow - Leader of the Yabloko faction Grigory Yavlinsky intends
to take the floor at a plenary session of the Russian State Duma
and propose deputies to support the NTV television company today,
press secretary of the faction Yevgeniya Dillendorf reported.
In particular, Yavlinsky urges parliamentarians to come to the
Ostankino television center and support Yabloko deputies who had
spent last night in the NTV office. In addition, the faction intends
to suggest that the State Duma applies to the Supreme Court of
the Russian Federation and requests it to immediately evaluate
the latest decisions of the new Board of Directors of NTV.
DUMA NOT TO CONSIDER NTV SITUATION TODAY
Moscow - The State Duma did not include thediscussion of an announcement
about the situation with NTV television on its agenda for today's
meeting. The Communist, Yedinstvo and LDPR factions together with
the Agrarian-industrial and Narodny Deputat (People's Deputy)
groups were against it. They noted parliament should not interfere
in conflicts between shareholders of a private company. At the
same time, representatives of Yabloko, Union of Right Forces and
Fatherland-All Russia factions supported the idea to pass a resolution
about the situation around NTV. All in all, 108 deputies supported
the proposal and 193 were against it with 2 abstentions.
PROFILE of BORIS JORDAN
Boris Jordan, 33, is a U.S. millionaire whose parents moved to
the States from Russia.
*Once denied a Russian visa after the disputed 1997 sale of
the Svyazinvest phone company.
*Established career as investment banker, working for Credit-Suisse
First Boston heading up its Moscow office until 1995.
*Left CSFB to found Renaissance Capital, becoming one of Russia's
*A key figure in setting up Russia's fledgling stock market
in the early 1990s and played a role in privatisation deals of
*His financial group Sputnik owns the Moscow radio station,
*Developed interest in media and telecommunications businesses
through his investment and development company Sputnik Technology
Ventures after other investments took a tumble in the Russian
stock market crash of 1998.
*Appointed director general of network at NTV in April, 2001.
*His brother Nicholas, a banker, was involved in Gazprom's efforts
to gain control of part of NTV's shares.
(Sources: RBC, AP, RJ, Reuters)
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