RUSSIA: YELSTIN AIDE SERGEI LISOVSKY RECOUNTS DETAILS OF HIS ARREST BY SECURITY STAFF
- Title: RUSSIA: YELSTIN AIDE SERGEI LISOVSKY RECOUNTS DETAILS OF HIS ARREST BY SECURITY STAFF
- Date: 20th June 1996
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JUNE 20, 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV: EXTERIOR OF YELTSIN CAMPAIGN WORKER SERGEI LISOVSKY'S OFFICE 0.03 2. MV/MCU: INTERIOR, LISOVSKY SPEAKING ABOUT EVENTS OF THE NIGHT / LISOVSKY SPEAKING ABOUT HOW THEY WERE DETAINED AND INTERROGATED (RUSSIAN) (6 SHOTS) 1.33 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Duration: 00:01:33
- Story Text: INTRO: Russian politicians on Thursday (June 20) tried to explain the detention and interrogation of two Yeltsin campaign aides. The bizarre event was followed by the sudden sacking of three powerful conservative figures in his team.
-------------------------------------------------------------------- Sergei Lisovsky, one of Russian President Boris Yeltsin's campaign workers, gave his own version on Thursday (June 20) of the bizarre overnight incident in which he and another campaign worker were detained and interrogated for 11 hours by security servicemen.
The detention orders were given by long-serving Kremlin chief bodyguard Alexander Korzhakov and Federal Security Service Chief Mikhail Barsukov.
Korzhakov said the two men, Sergei Lisovsky and Arkady Yevstafyev, had been arrested for attempting to take large sums of money out of the White House government building.
Lisovsky said he and Yevstafyev had been in the White House discussing campaign policy for the second round of theelections and that they were leaving the building when they were stopped by security servicemen.
Lisovsky said he was not allowed to call his lawyers nor his family and that he and Yevstafyev were interrogated for 11 hours about plans for the next stage of the campaign and about the role of a former first deputy prime minister,Anatoly Chubais, in the presidential campaign.
Chubais, who now serves on Yeltsin's campaign staff, was the architect of Russia's mass privatisation and is blamed by many for the hardships and injustices that accompanied Yeltsin's economic reforms.
Lisovsky said he was sure this incident had nothing to do with Yeltsin himself but that "those security servicemen were under orders from those in the Yeltsin camp who think his campaign is being run by people not qualified for the job and who are not doing it in a patriotic way". He added he did not understand the real reason why they were detained.
Barsukov, Korzhakov and First Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Soskovets were all sacked by Yeltsin who said they "were taking too much out and giving back too little." He also denied that their departure was linked to the bizarre detention incident on Wednesday night.
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