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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Berezovsky Who?

MOSCOW -- President Boris Yeltsin has no contacts with business tycoon Boris Berezovsky and the popular opinion that Berezovsky controls political processes in Russia is a gross exaggeration, Yeltsin's spokesman said.

In a radio interview Monday, Dmitry Yakushkin said Yeltsin last met Berezovsky in 1998 when Berezovsky was the executive secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States. "They have no relations," Yakushkin said.

"I think he [Yeltsin] does not think of him [Berezovsky] at all and does not know him well," the spokesman added.

He said there are people outside the government whom Yeltsin contacts regularly. "But he does not contact Berezovsky," Yakushkin said.