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Russia: TV-6 Files Suit Against License Suspension


Moscow, 29 January 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Embattled independent television station TV-6 says it has filed a lawsuit against the decision that led to the suspension of its broadcasting license. TV-6 spokeswoman Tatyana Blinova said that the station is waiting for the court to set a date in the case, which was filed on 25 January.

The Russian Media Ministry revoked TV-6's broadcast license last week after months of court battles. The United States and press freedom groups protested the move to close the station, which is considered to be the last independent private TV station in Russia.

Earlier this month, Moscow's arbitration court ordered TV-6 to close in response to a suit by a minority shareholder owned by LUKoil.

A tender for the station's broadcast license is scheduled on 27 March.

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