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07/28/1999

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Kremlin Escalates Its War On NTV

The presidential administration lashed out Tuesday against the media empire of Vladimir Gusinsky, saying President Boris Yeltsin was ""alarmed"" by its ""impermissible"" pressure on the government. The Kremlin and its surrogates have been fighting a propaganda war with Gusinsky, owner of independent NTV television, and Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who is out of favor with the Kremlin but has been given a bully pulpit by NTV. Gusinsky's Media-MOST on Friday accused Yeltsin's chief of staff, Alexander Voloshin, of trying to badger the company with investigations of its finances by the tax authorities. In response, Voloshin said the president ""was alarmed by the continuing pressure on the government by such an influential and respected media channel as the NTV broadcasting company and other media controlled by Media-MOST holding,"" Interfax reported. The aide was careful to add that Yeltsin remains a ""believer in the freedom of the press.

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