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REN TV anchor Olga Romanova to sue management

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MOSCOW, November 25 (RIA Novosti) - Olga Romanova, an anchor for Russian TV channel REN TV, said Friday she was going to sue the channel's management.

"Legal experts and I are preparing documents to be submitted to court, as [the actions of the channel's management] hinder [my] professional work," she said.

Romanova said that on Thursday evening, security guards of the Yevraziya agency did not let her into the studio, where she was supposed to anchor two nightly newscasts.

She said she has still not been allowed to enter the studio. "The studio has been put under guard. The Yevraziya guards say management, in the person of Alexander Ordzhonikidze [REN TV general director], instructed them not to let me in," Romanova said.

She said that the security agency "[had] nothing to do with REN TV security." She said she had been unable to talk to anyone in management since Thursday.

Romanova said Ordzhonikidze had told her to go to a doctor and take sick leave. "He said he did not want me to anchor the program," she added.

Alexander Ordzhonikidze said live on Ekho Moskvy radio station Thursday that the cancellation of Romanova's newscasts did not mean she was banned from anchoring all programs.

He said the channel's news programs had had low ratings and that management had decided to test other anchors for the evening newscasts.

"Besides, it's hard for one person to anchor all the nightly newscasts every weekday. The person may just feel bad," Ordzhonikidze said.

Meanwhile, the lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, instructed the information policy committee to gather all the information about the conflict from REN TV management.