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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gusinsky Warned by Prosecutors

Prosecutors interrogated Media-MOST baron Vladimir Gusinsky on Friday and warned him for going public with details of embezzlement accusations against him in a case that has prompted concerns about media freedom in Russia.

His lawyer, Genri Reznik, called the accusation absurd because investigators have yet to say what property Gusinsky is accused of misappropriating.

Investigators also refused to allow Gusinsky to travel to London over the weekend to visit his family, Reznik said.

Gusinsky was arrested last week on a two-year-old fraud case and spent three nights in jail. He claimed the Kremlin wants to wrest his NTV television station from his control.

Prosecutors said they could file new charges against Gusinsky for releasing details about his case, NTV reported.

Gusinsky said he refused to cooperate with state investigator Valery Nikolayev during his interrogation Friday. "This is absurd, and I'm not planning on taking part in this absurdity,'' Gusinsky said after leaving the prosecutor's office, Interfax reported.

"They want a change of owners at NTV so they can force the journalists to tell stories about the greatness of the president,'' Interfax quoted Gusinsky.

Putin, who has waffled between condemning the prosecutors and leveling his own accusations against Gusinsky, said Friday he believes "free press is necessary for a free society'' in Russia.