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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Top Yeltsin Adviser in Boat Explosion

A boat carrying former State Secretary Gennady Burbulis exploded and threw his 12-year old son overboard, a spokesman for Burbuli's Center for Strategy said Tuesday.

Burbuli's son Anton was thrown out of the boat when it exploded Monday night. He had to be taken to hospital, Mikhail Larkin said in a telephone interview. A duty nurse at St. Petersburg's First Children's Hospital said the boy was released Tuesday afternoon together with three other injured passengers. None of the nine passengers were killed.

The Center for Strategy had hired the sea yacht "Orlan" for a "working meeting in pleasant conditions", Larkin said. He said the trip was nearly finished when the accident occurred.

According to a statement by the St. Petersburg Transport Police the boat caught fire at 11. 20 P. M. in the Gulf of Finland "as a result of malfunction of the engine".

Burbulis was in St. Petersburg to establish a regional branch for the Center of Strategy, which he has headed since losing his job as a state secretary last March.

Burbulis remains a top political adviser to President Boris Yeltsin. He has drawn heavy criticism from the president's opponents who forced Burbuli's removal in the Spring.