Trying to read Russia's power struggle

Rob Schaap rws at
Mon Aug 28 12:17:02 PDT 2000

G'day again,

Now, I've been pulling an allnighter, and I realise conspiracy theories are not at all the mode around these parts ... but a couple of days ago I was quoting Putin thusly, "The television has people who have been destroying the state for 10 years."

And thusly, "They have been thieving money and buying up absolutely everything. Now they are trying to discredit the country so that the army gets even worse."

In short, he was sinking the slipper into messrs Boris Berezovsky, who controls the main state channel, ORT, and Valdimir Gusinsky, head of the biggest private station, NTV.

And today, Moscow's enormous television tower was burned to a cinder, rendering it entirely possible that no TV would be transmitted for weeks to come.

Am I over-tired, or does this add up?

Cheers, Rob.

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