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07/23/1999

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Luzhkov, NTV Script Anti-Kremlin Protests

The 100 or so protesters gathered in downtown Moscow seemed sullen and withdrawn. From the mass-produced placards to the confused and aimless mood to the lack of knowledge about the events and people being protested, the entire affair smelled of a set up ? one scripted to help Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov. Luzhkov, in an alliance with NTV television, launched a massive offensive against the Kremlin this week. Or, if you prefer, a counteroffensive ? both Luzhkov and the NTV publishing empire claim to be victims of police harassment because they have dared to challenge President Boris Yeltsin's Kremlin. Not surprisingly then, rogue NTV was one of the few national television stations to cover Thursday's strange protest ? one almost certainly orchestrated by allies of the Moscow mayor ? over a five-year-old pyramid scheme that has been tied to, among others, Kremlin chief of staff Alexander Voloshin.

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