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02/27/1997

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Hearings Set in Pravda Trademark Suit

The battle for the big name, big past and uncertain future of Pravda is heating up again. Hearings are scheduled in the Moscow city arbitration court next month on suits brought by ousted former staff against Pravda International, the entity backed by a Greek family that has controlled the title to the once mighty Soviet Communist mouthpiece for the last five years. Viktor Linnik, a former editor, demands in the suit that the incorporation documents for Pravda International be annulled, along with the company's ownership of the Pravda trademark, according to court documents obtained by The Moscow Times. Vadim Gorshenin, a member of Linnik's group, said decisions in other Russian courts have recognized the group's legal claim to the Pravda title and property. But Theodoros Giannikos, executive director of Pravda International, insists that his company is the one rightful owner of the Pravda name, which since last summer has been published under the name Pravda Pyat.

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