Chisinau has reduced the daily airtime available to Russia’s Ostankino Television in Moldova to 4 hours, down from 6 earlier this year and 12 prior to that. Moldova has recently been paying the full costs of transmission and will continue doing so, as Ostankino is unable to pay either current costs or arrears. Radios Russia and Mayak were taken off the air in March for similar reasons. (Basapress, June 9) Moldova’s population is 13 percent Russian but 35 percent "Russian-speaking."
Yeltsin Praises Cabinet.