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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Paper: Gusinsky Seeks German Aid

BERLIN —Vladimir Gusinsky has urged German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder to take up his case at a summit with President Vladimir Putin next month, a German newspaper said.

Gusinsky warned that without help his NTV television channel would fall under state control, completing the state's monopoly of the main television broadcasting in Russia, the Frankfurter Rundschau said in an interview published in its Saturday edition.

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"Chancellor Schr_der must make it clear to Putin that he must govern Russia democratically not just with empty words but with deeds," it quoted Gusinsky as saying in Spain, where he is fighting extradition to Russia on fraud charges. "Without help, NTV will be a state channel by June and its journalistic independence will be gone to hell."

Schroder is due to meet Putin in St. Petersburg on April 9 and 10.

Gusinsky also said he had called the president a "war criminal" to his face in a private meeting, referring to the military campaign against Chechen separatists.