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MAILBOX: Fyodorov: Insulted by Misquote on FIMACO

In response to "Fyodorov: FIMACO a Scheme for Theft," Feb. 11. See Page 2 for a related correction to that article.


With great surprise I read in your newspaper that I knew about FIMACO in 1993 and complained about it to Mr. Chernomyrdin. In the same newspaper there is a disgusting editorial comment about the same.

But at the press conference I said exactly the opposite - that I did not know about FIMACO in 1993 and all my attempts to learn about foreign exchange management in the Central Bank were frustrated by Viktor Gerashchenko. I learned about FIMACO just 10 days ago for the first time and at the press conference I tried to explain to journalists what I thought was the purpose behind it.

Whether your reporter does not understand plain Russian or needs a hearing aid - this is your business. But I do not intend to tolerate your insulting remarks about my conscience. Such gross lack of professionalism is simply outrageous. Not a single other reporter heard such things at the press conference.

Boris Fyodorov

Taking 'Extremist' Bait

The following letter was sent to Russian and foreign media after an incident on Jan. 30 in which members of the National Bolshevik Party disrupted a convention of the Democratic Choice of Russia party by shouting Stalinist slogans.

As Russia continues to be suffocated by economic crisis, and after five "republics" (Chechnya, Bashkiria, Kalmykia, Ingushetia and Dagestan) have essentially broken away from the Russian Federation, the government has initiated a shameful war against "extremists." The most zealous campaigners in this war are [Justice Minister] Pavel Krasheninnikov and [Interior Minister] Sergei Stepashin. I do, of course, understand that it is far less dangerous for them to do their fighting in Moscow against teenagers, the National Bolshevik Party or Russian National Unity, than to reinforce the Kursk region, which borders on Chechnya, or to sort out paramilitary guerrillas in Dagestan or to take action against [Ingush President] Ruslan Aushev, who has established despotism in Ingushetia.

Russian society has of late been seized by an anti-extremist hysteria, and you, gentlemen, from the mass media, have clearly lost your heads as you all idiotically applaud the crusade of bureaucrat Krasheninnikov and the special services AGAINST CHILDREN. Supposedly serious publications are celebrating the "victory" of thousands of participants in the convention of Democratic Choice of Russia over 10 youths who are members of the National Bolshevik Party, when in fact there was no victory whatsoever. The boys allowed themselves to be led without resistance from the auditorium by security guards.

So what exactly is the National Bolshevik Party guilty of? There are no criminal cases proceeding against us and we have not spilled a single drop of blood, in contrast to the Yeltsin regime, which is up to its elbows in blood - it suffices to recall the slaughter at the White House in 1993 and the war in Chechnya. We are not a racist party. Our manifesto clearly states that "a Russian is not defined by blood."

You don't like our symbolism, style? A state that chose as its flag the tricolor flown by the army of [turncoat Red Army commander Andrei] Vlasov who sided with Hitler and wore his uniform does not have the right to preach about symbolism and style. Vlasov was executed after the war as an accomplice to Hitler and was never rehabilitated, so the flag on the Kremlin is a Nazi symbol.

The state is now in the process of establishing an absolute bureaucratic monopoly on politics, employing lies, violence and lawlessness to achieve this. They will start with us and then move on to you: After banning the National Bolshevik Party they will silence the press. Don't you, the media, realize that you are working against freedom?

Eduard Limonov,

chairman of the National Bolshevik Party

Untruths of Pasko Trial

The following is an official statement by the Japanese broadcasting corporation NHK of its position concerning the trial of former Russian navy journalist Grigory Pasko. Pasko stands charged with revealing state secrets after releasing film footage of the dumping of nuclear waste at sea by the Russian Pacific Fleet. The footage was broadcast on Russian and Japanese public television in 1996.

There have been reports in the media containing inaccurate information and conjecture about the trial of Grigory Pasko and his relationship with NHK.

In as much as the case against Mr. Pasko is closed we are unaware of the content of the specific charges of the indictment against him, and cannot formulate a comprehensive position on the matter. However, we must emphasize that NHK has repeatedly expressed its readiness to cooperate with Mr. Pasko's defense attorneys should they so request. They have not approached us with any such request, and have in fact filed a suit against NHK for breach of Mr. Pasko's author's rights.

We would point out the following inaccuracies of media coverage of the case:

-Reports of a "secret agreement" between NHK and the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) are based solely on a statement made by Mr. Pasko's attorneys. We regard this accusation as false and utterly unfounded, and an insult to the integrity of our company.

-Mr. Pasko and NHK journalists are independent, professional colleagues, and their collaboration does not constitute a crime. Employees of NHK and Russian employees of the company's bureau in Vladivostok were called in for questioning by the investigating authorities about the relationship between the company and Mr. Pasko. We would stress that since the bureau chief alone had dealings with Mr. Pasko, our Russian employees could have had no knowledge about the relationship apart from having seen the content of the footage that NHK later broadcast. Statements made by our Russian employees could therefore be of only limited significance. In March 1998, we sent a strong protest to the Russian Embassy in Tokyo about the repeated questioning of these employees.

-Regardless of the fact that the exact nature of the charges against Mr. Pasko have not been made public, many media have reported excerpts supposedly taken from the charges. NHK has no way of verifying these excerpts but feels compelled to formally respond to material published by Itogi magazine and the newspaper Literaturnaya Gazeta. Both wrote that in March 1997 Pasko complied with a request by NHK to supply a document about the financial activities of the Pacific Fleet to the chief correspondent at NHK's Vladivostok bureau. No such request was made, and no such document was received from Mr. Pasko.

The publications also reported that Pasko provided NHK with information about the transportation of radioactive waste. NHK believes that spotlighting ecological problems is a direct part of its journalistic responsibilities. For this reason, the company entered into an agreement with Mr. Pasko in 1996 that after he showed footage of the transport of radioactive wastes on Russian television, we would show the footage in Japan.

In autumn 1996, the material was broadcast in Japan as agreed. NHK then reimbursed Mr. Pasko at international rates for the material, to which he had author's rights. Commentary accompanying the footage was prepared using Mr. Pasko's own description of the content. In no way did the content of our commentary go beyond the bounds of information already made public by various ecological organizations, and cannot be classed as revealing a state secret.

Hara Masatosi,

head of NHK international information department