Management Fired At NTV
Report: Russia's state-owned gas company fires the heads of the only nationwide
independent TV station, but the network's journalists say they'll fight state
and the Press
Smith and special correspondent Simon Marks report on the
state of press freedom in Russia. (2/27/01)
Department Decries Raid
Report: The U.S. State Department says the Russian government's raids on media
mogul Vladimir Gusinsky's holdings are meant to intimidate the independent media.
Media Mogul Arrested
Report: Vladimir Gusinsky, owner of Russia's only independent TV network,
is arrested in Spain on an international warrant. (12/12/00)
Report: Russian police seize financial and personnel files from the media
company owned by embattled businessman Vladimir Gusinsky. (7/11/00)
experts discuss the controversy surrounding the arrest
of Russian media baron Vladimir Gusinsky. (6/16/00)
Report: Businessman Vladimir Gusinsky is released by Russian officials just
days after his arrest on embezzlement charges. (6/16/00)
Report: A Russian media mogul is arrested for embezzlement, but some say the
government is simply retaliating for unflattering news coverage. (6/14/00)
Smith leads a discussion on
Russia's jailing of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist Andrei Babitsky.
NewsHour coverage of media issues.
Russia's High Court Confirms
Media's Free Speech Rights
Report: The Russian Federation Constitutional Court has struck down
parts of new regulations restricting media coverage during the run-up
to December elections. (10/30/03)
Greek Court Refuses to
Extradite Former Russian Media Baron
Report: A Greek appeals court rejected a Russian extradition request
for former media mogul Vladimir Gusinsky, accused by Russian authorities
of fraud and money laundering. In a hearing that lasted one minute,
the judge dismissed the Russian request after ruling the charges did
not constitute a crime under Greek law.
Gusinsky was released
from prison on bail about a week after his Aug. 21 arrest. His
lawyers said Gusinsky, who holds a dual Russian-Israeli citizenship,
planned to return to Israel later Tuesday. (10/14/03)
Former NTV Owner Detained
in Greece, Awaits Extradition Decision
Report: Vladimir Gusinsky, the former Russian media tycoon arrested
in Athens on fraud charges Aug. 21, will remain in a Greek prison until
a top court decides whether to extradite him to his native country.
Closes Indepent Station, Considers Election Press Rules
Smith discusses the
recent closure of TVS and the Russian parliament's proposed bill to restrict press
coverage of the upcoming elections with Ellen Mickiewicz, a professor and
Russian media expert from Duke University and Yevgeny Kiselyov, the former editor-in-chief
of TVS and NTV and former general manager of the now defunct TV-6. (7/1/03)
Russia Shuts Down
Last Independent National TV Station
Russian Media Ministry ended broadcasts of financially troubled TVS, the country's
last independent national television station, and replaced it with
a new state-run sports channel. (6/23/03)
Vetoes Media Curbs
President Vladimir Putin on Monday vetoed proposed legislation that would have
limited news coverage of "anti-terror" operations, including events
like last month's Moscow theater hostage crisis. (11/25/02)
Russian Duma Approves
upper house of Russia's parliament passes new media restrictions allowing authorities
to exert more control over the reporting of terrorist attacks and major crises
like last month's Moscow theater hostage standoff. (11/13/02)
Pulls Plug on Independent TV Channel
in Moscow shut down TV6, the last independent TV station with a national reach.
Court Orders Independent Channel Closed
Report: A Russian
appeals court upholds a ruling to close TV6, the country's last national television
station not under government control.
Takes Stock in Echo of Moscow
Report: Boris Nemtsov
says his decision to accept Echo of Moscow stock could keep the independent radio
station out of government hands.
Control of Independent Radio Station
state-owned gas company gains control of independent radio station Echo of Moscow,
once a Media-Most company.
Orders Media-Most Liquidation
Report: A Russian
court orders the liquidation of the company holding the evaporating empire of
media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky.
Report: NTV broadcasters are taking their stand against a takeover by the
state-owned gas company to the airwaves.