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Russia: TV-6 Claims Important Win In Court Battle


Moscow, 29 December 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Russian independent television station TV-6 says it has won an important court battle to stop its liquidation. Station spokeswoman Tatyana Blinova said a Moscow abitration court has canceled earlier rulings to liquidate the company and ordered further hearings.

TV-6 has been facing liquidation after a minority shareholder, a subsidiary of the Russian oil giant LUKoil, brought a bankruptcy case against the station, accusing it of failing to earn a profit.

The case has prompted international concern about media freedom in Russia. The station's supporters accuse the court of trying to stifle an independent media outlet that was critical of the Kremlin.

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