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Boris Berezovskii (file photo) 28 June 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Georgian officials are quoted as saying that self-exiled Russian businessman Boris Berezovskii has visited Georgia twice this month.

Berezovskii is wanted by Russia for fraud and theft, but has been granted political asylum by Britain. Russia has unsuccessfully sought his extradition.

Georgian border-guard officials are quoted as saying Berezovskii entered Georgian territory using a British passport bearing the alias "Platon Elenin."

Georgia's Rustavi-2 television reported that Berezovskii visited the area of the Black Sea resort of Ureki twice with Georgian business figure Badri Patarkatsishvili.

Georgian authorities defended the admission of Berezovskii into the country, saying that under the Geneva conventions Georgia must respect his political immigrant status.

(AFP/AP)
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