The leader of Yabloko Grigory Yavlinsky has appealed to the Duma
to consider a resolution on the case of the NTV television network.
Grigory Yavlinsky: "This concerns all of us here. Otherwise
we will soon lose theopportunity to express our own opinions on
political issues and the state of the nation. Moreover, Yabloko
has grave doubts about the procedures used toelect the new chief
executive of the NTV network. We also doubt the legitimacy ofthe
shareholders' meeting and the way it was organised."
Yavlinsky said at the Duma session that some deputies were at
thetelevision network to "prevent a takeover by force", and urged
other legislators tojoin the deputies there. Nobody volunteered.
Vladimir Medvedyev of the Russian Regions group (a lobbyist for
Gazprom's interests) reminded the lower house that a USD 600 milliondebt
is serious money."
Duma Speaker Gennadi Seleznev asked legislators to present their
ideas on the issue. Most of those who spoke opposed involvement
in what they termed a "disputebetween property-owners".