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Wednesday, 1 November, 2000, 17:40 GMT
Russian prosecutor calls in media tycoons

Prosecutors in Russia have summoned two prominent media tycoons, Boris Berezovsky and Vladimir Gusinsky, for questioning later this month, and they've threatened both with criminal charges.

The BBC Moscow correspondent says both men were influential under President Yeltsin, but his successor, Vladimir Putin, has issued strict warnings to any of Russia's business elite who dare to stand in his way.

Mr Berezovsky is due to be questioned over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were channelled straight from the Russian national airline, Aeroflot, into Swiss bank accounts.

Mr Gusinsky, one of Mr Putin's fiercest critics, is accused of fraud in a a case involving his company Media Most. He's currently abroad and has already ignored one summons.

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