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Russia: Berezovsky Resigns Parliamentary Mandate

Moscow, 19 July 2000 (RFE/RL) -- Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky today officially resigned from the State Duma. Berezovsky announced his intention to resign two days ago. He said he was resigning to protest what he called President Vladimir Putin's plans to reshape Russia's system of government by reining in the regional governors and imposing control on big business.

Berezovsky today told reporters in Moscow that these actions by the government are, in his words, "absolutely dangerous to society."

State prosecutors and tax police have recently started proceedings against some of Russia's biggest businesses, threatening the so-called "oligarchs" who have used their political connections to build powerful economic empires.