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Russia: NTV Director Questioned By Prosecutors

Moscow, 20 November 2000 (RFE/RL) - Yevgeny Kiselev, the head of Russia's NTV private television channel, the flagship of the Media-MOST press group, arrived today to the General Prosecutor's office for questioning. Speaking to reporters just before entering the building, he said that he does not know why he has been summoned. Earlier today, Russian news agencies quoted a spokesman for the General Prosecutor's office as saying that Kiselev will be heard as a witness in a case involving Media-MOST's security services.

But Kiselev said that Media-MOST never had a security service. He also said that his questioning is not related to another case involving Media-MOST chairman Vladimir Gusinsky.

Gusinsky, who currently lives abroad, is sought by Russian prosecutors who are investigating him for fraud.

Last Friday, the state-dominated natural gas monopoly Gazprom became NTV's largest shareholder after debt settlement negotiations.