Trying to read Russia's power struggle

Rob Schaap rws at
Mon Aug 28 14:12:45 PDT 2000

Uh-oh - turns out the only TV channel with a spare transmitting facility is Gusinsky's NTV! And apparently, the advertising industry is telling everyone that without its normal quota of enlightening and wheel-oiling works, the Russian economy is gonna tank 1997-style. I wonder ...

Cheers, Rob.

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

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