The vice president of the LUKOIL company, Leonid Fedun, has said the team of the general director of the TV-6 Channel, Yevgeny Kiselyov, has become a hostage of the game played with the TV channel by its actual owner Boris Berezovsky, who owns 75 percent of shares in it. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Fedun emphasised that by aggravating the atmosphere around TV-6, Berezovsky seeks to raise his own rating as a "member of the opposition and an advocate of the freedom of speech.' Fedun said it is not LUKOIL proper that is engaged in media projects but the LUKOIL-Garant non-state pension fund which only seeks to earn profits on investments, which include pensioners' money too. However, the vice president noted, in March 2001 LUKOIL-Garant, as a minority shareholder in TV-6 (15 percent of shares), was "thrown out of the game" by the new TV-6 management's decision to increase the charter capital by 2,000 times. If the Court of Arbitration's decision to liquidate TV-6 is implemented, LUKOIL will take part in the bidding for the vacant frequency and it hopes to win the bidding, the company's vice president said.
The strike was defensive in nature and came in response to three attacks on the US military in February