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Boris Berezovsky (file photo) (epa)
October 31, 2006 -- Kyrgyz Prosecutor-General Kambaraly Kongantiev today denied Kremlin claims that Russian exiled former tycoon Boris Berezovsky recently visited Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyz media on October 30 made public a letter in which a senior official with the Russian Prosecutor-General's Office said Moscow had obtained confirmation that Berezovsky flew to Bishkek from London on July 29. The letter criticized Kyrgyzstan for not arresting him.
A former Kremlin official, Berezovsky is wanted in Russia on fraud and criminal charges that he denies.
Addressing a news briefing in Bishkek, Kongantiev said the Russian accusations were "unfounded." He said Moscow had so far produced no evidence that Berezovsky visited Kyrgyzstan.
The Kyrgyz opposition claims the former Russian magnate was in the country for secret talks with President Kurmanbek Bakiev.
Bakiev has denied ever meeting with Berezovsky.