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Russia: Is Yeltsin Recruiting Danish Businessman As Advisor?

Copenhagen, 14 August 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Reports say Russian Presidential Chief of Staff Anatoly Chubais, who is visiting Copenhagen, might recruit a top Danish businessman as an advisor to President Boris Yeltsin. Sources told RFE/RL1s Moscow correspondent Chubais would offer a Danish businessman a top Russian advisory job.

Danish newspapers reported today that Chubais rushed onto a regular SAS flight to Copenhagen yesterday afternoon after a confidential meeting with Yeltsin. The reports cite Chubais' target as Joergen Trygved, a successful businessman known for his interest and investment in Russia and as an adviser on privatizing Russia's chemical industry.

Trygved today was quoted as saying he is not interested in accepting a post in Russia's new government.

No Danish official would comment on the reports. But a spokesman at Denmark's Foreign Ministry told RFE/RL that the reports Chubais might be in Copenhagen to offer Trygved an advisory post in Russia's new government are "plausible."