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07/24/1999

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NTV Crowd Accuses Kremlin of Bullying

Editors from NTV television, Ekho Moskvy radio and Segodnya newspaper accused the Kremlin on Friday of using ""systematic persecution and blackmail"" in a brewing pre-election media war. In an open letter to President Boris Yeltsin, the media outlets - all of them members of the Media-MOST empire of Vladimir Gusinsky - complained that Kremlin chief of staff Alexander Voloshin was trying to bully them with investigations into their finances. ""For the first time in the history of the new Russia, we are becoming witnesses to a deep and open attack on one of the main triumphs of Russian democracy: freedom of speech,"" the letter released by Ekho Moskvy said. ""Highly placed Kremlin officials, headed by Voloshin, are using influence on security structures, obliging them to crack down on independent media.

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