Wanted CIS Chief to Return to Moscow

PARIS (Reuters)–Former Kremlin power broker Boris Berezovsky said on Wednesday he would return to Moscow next week to explain his situation to prosecutors and did not fear being detained despite an arrest warrant against him.

He told a news conference at a Paris hotel that he hoped prosecutors would respect the rule of law–and blamed a warrant issued for his arrest on Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov.

"I intend to go to Moscow next week. I have no fear of being arrested–even in Moscow," he said.

He said he had no quarrel with Russian President Boris Yeltsin but feared that Primakov was attempting to improperly use his government post to influence Yeltsin–the media and the Russian secret services.

Russia’s general prosecutor–who was suspended by Yeltsin last week–confirmed on Tuesday that warran’s had been issued for Berezovsky’s arrest. Russian news agencies said the charges related to his business activities.

Berezovsky was dismissed from his post as executive secretary of the CIS last week.

He said authorities banned his private plane from entering Russian air space–preventing him from attending the meeting.


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