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TV6 Employees Bid

MOSCOW (MT) -- A group of former TV6 managers and journalists announced Tuesday they had LUKoil-Garant's backing to bid for the closed television channel's frequency.

As a minority shareholder in TV6, LUKoil-Garant initiated bankruptcy proceedings against the channel.

To bid for the frequency in the March 27 tender, screenwriter Viktor Merezhko, M1 channel managers Sergei Moskvin and Valery Bakayev and former anchor of the "Obozrevatel" analytical show Stanislav Kucher registered NVK ZAO TV-VI.

TV-VI is spelled with Roman numerals to distinguish the company from Yevgeny Kiselyov's team, which is expected to bid on behalf of OOO TV6.

U.S. Reacts to Putin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The White House said Monday that U.S. President George W. Bush has "not ruled anything out" in dealing with Iraq, Iran and North Korea, and suggested Washington could find other partners if President Vladimir Putin opted out of any U.S. plans.

The comments followed warnings by Putin against the United States taking unilateral military action if it wanted to preserve the international coalition against terrorism.

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said it was critical to "work with our allies," including Russia, in the war against terrorism, but he added: "Different coalitions will be formed among different nations for different objectives."

Toronto Consulate

MOSCOW (MT) -- Russia is moving ahead with plans to set up a consulate in Toronto, Interfax reported.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov signed an agreement last Wednesday, paving the way for the consulate to be opened soon in Canada's largest city, the agency said. The agreement also allows Canada to open a consulate in Russia.

Buddhist Greeting

MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday congratulated Russia's roughly 1 million Buddhists on the lunar new year, and praised the community for its contributions to interethnic harmony in the nation.

"The spiritual values of Buddhism have enriched the centuries-old experience of coexistence of various religions and cultures in our multi-ethnic country," Putin wrote in his greeting, the Kremlin press service said."They contribute to the preservation of civil peace and accord, the strengthening of understanding between people."

Buddhism is one of Russia's so-called traditional religions, alongside Orthodox Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It dates back to the 17th century, when Buddhists first arrived in the Lake Baikal region of Siberia from Mongolia.

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Diplomat Trial Delayed

MOSCOW (AP) -- A Moscow judge on Tuesday postponed the trial of a former Russian diplomat charged with killing a Canadian woman in a drunken driving accident, after key witnesses failed to appear.

Andrei Knyazev is charged in Russia with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Catherine MacLean, who was run down on an Ottawa sidewalk in January 2001. Knyazev was at the time the third-ranking official at the Russian Embassy in Canada.