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New Kyrgyz Probe Likely To Track Berezovsky


http://gdb.rferl.org/A53209F0-0023-46C4-B51F-456BB0CF3108_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/A53209F0-0023-46C4-B51F-456BB0CF3108_mw800_mh600.jpg Boris Berezovsky in a 2004 photo (ITAR-TASS) November 29, 2006 -- The head of Kyrgyzstan's border-guard administration is likely to order a new probe into a rumored visit by Boris Berezovsky in light of recent comments by the exiled Russian tycoon.

Border-guard commander Zakir Tilenov's move follows the publication, in today's edition of Kyrgyzstan's "Delo No." weekly, of an interview in which Berezovsky reportedly admits to traveling to that country recently.

A former Kremlin official now exiled in London, Berezovsky is sought by Russian authorities on fraud and other criminal charges.

Kyrgyz authorities have denied reports saying that the multibillionaire flew to Bishkek in July for discreet business talks with President Kurmanbek Bakiev and his son, Maksim.

In his comments to "Delo No.," Berezovsky reportedly accuses Bakiev's opponents of using his name for political purposes.

Opposition lawmaker Temir Sariev today said he expected Berezovsky's comments to lead to an "international scandal" and negatively affect Kyrgyz-Russian relations.

(24.kg, AKIpress)
15 Years Of Kyrgyz Independence

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