, the Radio Liberty reporter whom Russian troops captured in Chechnya.

The Gusinsky affair is the more complex and ambiguous. Gusinsky was arrested in June and charged with fraud and embezzlement in connection with his acquisition in the early 1990’s of a St. Petersburg television station. In July, Gusinsky signed an agreement to sell his stake in Media Most to his minority partner, the natural-gas monopoly Gazprom, for $340 million in cash and $473 million in debt forgiveness. Also part of that deal was a commitment signed by Press Minister