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Summonses to Russian media declared fake

18 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MOSCOW -- A spate of apparent legal summonses from a Russian court sent out to top television and media executives demanding that they answer official questions over the financing of their companies were renounced as fakes, authorities verified Tuesday. The summonses, received by executives at a Moscow television station, a radio station and two newspapers, demanded that they appear within 24 hours to answer questions over alleged investigations into the financing of their companies. The letters, delivered Friday, were received by Irena Lesnevskaya, president of Moscow's Ren-TV, and Dmitri Lesnevsky, general director at Ren-TV; journalist Sergei Parkhomenko of Ekho Moskvy radio; Natalia Koshkaryova, editor of daily newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta; and Mikhail Berger, editor of weekly newspaper Yezhenedelny Zhurnal. Prosecutor general officials, contacted by the editors and executives, were swift to issue a statement declaring the letters fake and said an investigation had been launched. »

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