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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Duma Urges CIS to Oust Berezovsky

The lower house of Russia's parliament Friday called on the alliance of former Soviet republics, for the second time in three months, to oust controversial business tycoon Boris Berezovsky as its executive secretary.

The first appeal by the Communist-dominated State Duma, in December, was largely ignored by the leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States, a loose grouping of 12 former Soviet republics. So the house adopted another resolution, this time using harsher language against Berezovsky.

Berezovsky, whose vast business interests range from oil to cars to media holdings, also has close Kremlin connections and serves as the CIS executive secretary.

Earlier this month, Russian media reported that Berezovsky had installed a bugging systemto eavesdrop on his political friends and foes - including President Boris Yeltsin's family. Russian police recently raided several of Berezovsky's companies, whose executives are accused of shady doings.

Approved by a 314-0 vote, the appeal is unlikely to get any more attention from CIS leaders than the first one did.

Berezovsky responded that the Duma's vote "contradicts common sense and is of a destructive, rather than creative nature," Interfax reported. "I am glad I have managed to consolidate the Russian Duma to such an extent," he was quoted as saying.