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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

TV6 Picks A New Board of Directors

Badri Patarkatsishvili, widely believed to be Boris Berezovsky's right-hand man, has been appointed general director of TV6, in a move that analysts said was a sign Berezovsky is strengthening his grip over the second-tier television network.

The board meeting Thursday also picked Alexander Ponomaryov, the previous general director, as deputy general director and longtime Berezovsky associate Igor Shabdurasulov as board chairman. Shabdurasulov has previously headed ORT television and worked in the presidential administration.

In all, nine Berezovsky allies were named to the 13-member board, including Berezovsky's daughter Yekaterina and three LogoVAZ executives.

Berezovsky took control of 75 percent of TV6 in March by acquiring a 37.5 percent take from metals tycoon Lev Chernoi. He bought a same-sized stake in 1999 from TV6 founder Eduard Sagalayev.

The remaining shares in TV6 are split between oil giant LUKoil, which has 15 percent, and the Moscow Science and Technology Committee, with 10 percent.

Anna Kachkayeva, a television analyst with Radio Liberty, said Friday that the changes in TV6's leadership show Berezovsky has officially gained control of a channel that he indirectly controlled for about two years.

"[Berezovsky] has come into his own and intends to see seriously to the channel," Kachkayeva said.

Patarkatsishvili, a one-time financial director at ORT, said one of his main goals would be to attract foreign investors to the channel.

"I do not think that TV6 has problems, especially now when any uncertainty between the shareholders has been settled," Patarkatsishvili was quoted in Kommersant on Friday as saying.

Berezovsky has been involved in talks with the European media KirchGruppe over the sale of a stake in TV6, according to numerous media reports.

Kachkayeva said that with Patarkatsishvili at the reins, a deal with KirchGruppe could be sealed in a matter of weeks.

Kommersant quoted Shabdurasulov as saying that TV6 should "not pursue any political goals" in the future, a reference to the common practice among some channels of pushing a pro-Kremlin stance in its reporting.

But Patarkatsishvili said in televised remarks Thursday that he may bring political commentator Sergei Dorenko to TV6. Dorenko had a muckraking show on ORT that took aim at Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov and former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, among others. It was canned last year.