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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin to Give Bordyuzha Customs Post




President Boris Yeltsin plans to appoint his former chief of staff to head the State Customs Committee, a top Kremlin official said Wednesday.


Yeltsin has already instructed the government to draft a document appointing former chief of staff Nikolai Bordyuzha to the post, deputy chief of staff Oleg Sysuyev said, Itar-Tass reported.


Bordyuzha lasted as chief of staff for about three months before he was ousted from the post in March in the fallout from a scandal surrounding Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov. Yeltsin tried to oust Skuratov last month, but the upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, refused to accept the dismissal.


In what looked like a retaliatory strike orchestrated by the Kremlin, state television aired a video showing a man that appeared to be Skuratov having sex with two women.


The move only strengthened opposition to Yeltsin, and many called the tape's release a dirty trick. Analysts said Bordyuzha took the fall for the incident.