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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chubais Hints at Tie To Fyodorov Assault

The recent attempted assassination of former National Sports Fund chairman Boris Fyodorov may have been connected to Wednesday night's events in the White House, Anatoly Chubais, President Boris Yeltsin's campaign adviser, hinted at a press conference Thursday.

Fyodorov, who as chairman of the tax-exempt Sports Fund had controlled a billion-dollar alcohol and tobacco import monopoly, was shot and stabbed Tuesday night and remained in critical condition Thursday.

Fyodorov was forced out of the fund leadership after being arrested May 21 on narcotics charges. He was replaced as chief by Valery Streletsky, a former KGB colonel and a department head in Alexander Korzhakov's Presidential Security Service.

On Thursday, Chubais said the previous night's arrest and interrogation of Yeltsin campaign workers Sergei Lisovsky and Arkady Yevstafyev was conducted by Presidential Security Service operatives who worked in a department headed by Streletsky.

"As to the link with the attempt on the life of Mr. Fyodorov," Chubais said, "I can only offer some information that might be of some interest. The interrogation ... was conducted by specialists, the so-called specialists of the department run by Mr. Streletsky, who is known to many of you. This is the same Streletsky who was put in charge of the Sports Fund after Mr. Fyodorov's arrest."

He added: "I think it is our common task to try to figure out what role Mr. Barsukov and Mr. Korzhakov played in the events associated with Mr. Fyodorov."

Chubais had earlier suggested that the tactics used in the arrest of Lisovsky and Yevstafyev, who were charged with the theft of a box of money from Yeltsin's campaign headquarters, were similar to those in the May arrest of Fyodorov, who was caught with a bag of cocaine in his car.

"The so-called box of money is a traditional element of a traditional Soviet-style KGB provocation," he said. "Recently we witnessed a similar situation in which drugs were planted."

CNN also reported Thursday that Fyodorov had privately made allegations of corruption against Korzhakov to associates in the days before he was attacked.