November 24, 2001 |
Twenty-six cameras track them 24 hours a day, from the shower to the exercise room and into their rumpled beds (why don't they ever make them?), where goateed Maxim tries to convince strawberry-blond Olga that going all the way in front of millions of viewers is part of the job. "Easy for you to say," she answers breathily as he tries to detach the microphone strapped to her back. "You're a boy. Can you just imagine what people are going to call me?"
July 31, 2001 |
Exiled Russian businessman Boris A. Berezovsky announced Monday that he is handing control of his TV6 station to a group of journalists known for their critical approach to the authorities. The journalists had been key figures at NTV, flagship station of the Media-Most empire, which had rankled the Kremlin with its reporting. Media-Most owner Vladimir A. Gusinsky was forced to flee Russia last summer after authorities filed fraud charges against him.
May 30, 2001 |
Dealing another blow to Media-Most, a Russian court ordered the liquidation of the independent media group in response to a suit by tax authorities, a court spokesman said. Media-Most has already lost its flagship NTV television channel to a takeover by state-linked gas company Gazprom. The gas company also took control of and then closed Media-Most's Sevodnya daily newspaper and fired the staff of its Itogi newsmagazine. Tycoon Vladimir A.
April 20, 2001 |
A Russian media magnate who lost the jewels of his empire but won his freedom in the past few days declared his independent national television network dead Thursday and said he will sell his share to the highest bidder. Once the energy company Gazprom wrested control of NTV last weekend, tycoon Vladimir A. Gusinsky said, the network lost its identity. Sevodnya, the flagship daily newspaper of Gusinsky's Media-Most company, was shut down Monday.
April 18, 2001 |
After seizing Russia's only independent national television network, energy giant Gazprom has moved swiftly to dismantle two related publications that were critical of the Kremlin. Amid grim days for media freedom in Russia, journalists from the liberal Itogi weekly newsmagazine were locked out and fired Tuesday, a day after the partially state-owned Gazprom joined forces with the head of the Sem Dney publishing house to shut down a leading newspaper, Sevodnya.
April 15, 2001 |
Management insisted that it was a normal, "very orderly" corporate takeover. But journalists who resigned en masse Saturday from Russia's NTV network saw the change at the top as a naked power play by the Kremlin to muzzle the country's most outspoken news broadcaster. After months of legal wrangling, the state-run utility giant Gazprom finally got control of Russia's only private nationwide television network.