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07/06/1999

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Kommersant Buyer Is Not Oligarch

After months of speculation about the possible sale of the Kommersant newspaper and publishing house to one of Russia's oligarchs, the disclosure of the buyer's name - Kia Joorabchian - has not shed much light on the sale. Kommersant officials said they would publish an interview with founder Vladimir Yakovlev in Tuesday's edition explaining the motives for the sale of his 60 percent stake to a U.S. company called American Capital Investment Fund, which is run by Joorabchian. He was described only as a British subject of Iranian origin. Kommersant says Joorabchian - a figure unknown to investment analysts contacted Monday - is not connected to financial mogul Boris Berezovsky, who had been in negotiations to buy a stake in the paper, or to any of Russia's other politically influential tycoons. Russian news media have said companies affiliated with Anatoly Chubais, chief executive of the UES national electrical utility, and with Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov were also bidding for the firm.

U.S. Military Attache Expelled

In a fresh sign of the tensions that have grown between the United States and Russia since the war in Kosovo, Moscow has ordered an American military attache to leave the country, U.S. officials said over the weekend. The American officer, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Hoffman, the assistant Army attache at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, was declared persona non grata and left Russia Thursday evening, officials said. The U.S. Embassy declined to say why the officer had been expelled. But some American officials suggested that he might have been caught up in tit-for-tat accusations of spying. ""They said he was going about things he was not supposed to,'' a senior administration official said. ""We don't comment on intelligence matters.'' According to officials in Washington, Hoffman was a specialist in military intelligence, which is not unusual for an embassy post that has long been used to monitor Russian military development. He served on the U.S.

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