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Kazakov Calls For Slow-down In Privatizations

Moscow, Jan. 29 (RFE/RL) - The newly-named head of Russia's privatization program, Aleksandr Kazakov, has called for a slow-down in the sell-off of state assets.

In an interview yesterday with Russian Public television, Kazakov said some sell-offs in the past had been poorly planned. He said careful work was needed on each project.

Since the privatization program began in 1992, Russia has de-nationalized thousands of enterprises, ranging from small shops to industrtial giants.

But many politicians opposed to the program have accused the government of selling-off valuable assets cheaply to favored clients. The 'father' of Russian privatization, Anatoly Chubais, was recently replaced by industrialist Vladimir Kadannikov as deputy prime minister. Kadannikov called last week for greater government support of state industry.