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Grigory Yavlinsky on the situation at NTV

April 14, 2001

Vladimir Baburin: The leader of Yabloko Grigory Yavlinsky arrived early in the morning today at Ostankino (Ed. the TV centre) and said that the means chosen by Boris Jordan to resolve the dispute around NTV were "absolutely inadmissible". He also assessed the actions of the new heads of the NTV as a "takeover by force".

Grigory Yavlinsky: The assertion that there will be a court ruling and not force turned out to be a lie. Now we are witnessing this lie. The television company has been smashed to pieces … Violence - an attempt has been made to stop the broadcasting by force. Now there still is a possibility to talk to the viewers… The people who did this - Jordan, Kokh, our leadership and the government -forgot that one is respected for strength and despised for violence. The events in NTV corridors today implies not only humiliation for journalists, but also humiliation for the audience, humiliation for millions of Russian citizens. This violence arouse hatred. From now on we probably won't be able learn either about the nuclear waste which they plan to bury in our country, or about developments in Chechnya, or the steps that are being taken to prevent the sinking of any more "Kursks".

We shall not learn all this from the TV anymore in the near future. This is why deputies of the State Duma from Yabloko and other factions have come to Ostankino today - because the situation has gone beyond the framework of law. They did not wait for examination in court. They waited only for the departure of the German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder.

Vladimir Baburin: This was Grigory Yavlinsky in a special news programme of NTV broadcast by TNT.

April 16, 2001