MOSCOW -- Russian Prosecutor Valentin Stepankov, the official in charge of the state treason case against the accused coup plotters, has made himself quite at home with capitalist values.
He is trying to charge Western correspondents $400 for 20-minute interviews.
Yuri Yudin, the head of the prosecutor's press service, asked for the payment in response to an interview request.
"The prosecutor will not just give you a regular interview as he does for everyone else. It will be an exclusive," Mr. Yudin said.
"He will give you his views as a private person, discuss problems of the investigation, shed light on it."
Trying to justify the price, he added, "You are paying for the prosecutor's intellectual labor. He won't simply be giving you answers off the top of his head. He'll think about them."