A large number of former and present staff members of the Media-MOST holding will be asked to give testimony in relation to the criminal case involving holding CEO Vladimir Gusinsky, senior investigator with the Prosecutor General's Office Zigmund Lozhis announced on Friday after questioning NTV anchorwoman Tatyana Mitkova. Lozhis said he was quite satisfied with Mitkova's testimony, and said he did not doubt the truthfulness of her replies, Interfax reports. He said he had asked her five questions about the circumstances under which she borrowed money from Media-MOST, Most Bank and other Media-MOST affiliates. Lozhis said Mitkova had received ruble loans equivalent to $70,000 in 1994. He agreed with journalists that there was no crime in this, but noted that the investigation wanted to know whether Media-MOST had tried to change the initial interest-free loan contract with her to collect interest at a time when NTV was losing money.
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