A fight is underway at Russia’s VGTRK television company (All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company). Earlier this week, disgruntled staffers published an open letter in the Russian press in which they accused the head of the company, Eduard Sagalaev, of commercializing the state-run company and degrading its programs. (Novaya gazeta, February 3) Sagalaev, appointed to the post by President Yeltsin one year ago, has denied the charges. He says the conflict stems from a power struggle provoked by rumors that the government plans to privatize VGTRK. (Ekho Moskvy radio, February 3)
Russian Intelligence: NATO Enlargement Could Provoke Terrorist Attacks.