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Media baron arrested on fraud charge

By Times Wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 24, 2003

MOSCOW - Vladimir A. Gusinsky, the Russian media baron who has lived in self-exile since fleeing fraud charges here in 2000, has been arrested in Greece and could face extradition to Russia, officials in Greece said Saturday.

Gusinsky, who lost control of the independent NTV network in a corporate takeover two years ago that he said was engineered by the Kremlin to silence political critics, was arrested when he arrived on Thursday at the international airport east of Athens on a flight from Tel Aviv, Israel.

Since then, Gusinsky, 50, has been held in a detention center at the airport on an international arrest warrant issued by Russia, according to Greek officials and Russian news reports.

Helicopter crash found

MOSCOW - The wreckage of a helicopter that disappeared Wednesday carrying the governor of the Sakhalin region in Russia's Far East was found Saturday on a mountainside on Kamchatka Peninsula.

There were no survivors among the 20 passengers and crew members.

The body of the governor, Igor P. Farkhutdinov, and those of at least two of his aides have been identified, officials told Russian news agencies. It could be days before all of the victims are known.

Crews contain oil spill

KARACHI, Pakistan - Crews worked Saturday to stop fresh oil spills from a stranded tanker ship that ran aground July 27 in the Arabian Sea.

Inflatable booms were placed around the ship to try to slow oil spilling from containers aboard the MT Tasman Spirit, said Brig. Iftikhar Arshad, general manager of the Karachi Port Trust. He said the spill is not alarming.

Heavy monsoon rains forced the ship aground a mile from Karachi. It was carrying about 73,850 tons of crude oil.


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