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    MOSCOW, January 13./ RIA Novosti correspondent/. Boris Makarenko, deputy general director of the Russian Center of Political Technologies, believes that the importance of the events taking place in Lithuania over the president's personality should not be exaggerated.

    The scholar expressed this opinion in an interview with RIA Novosti on Tuesday, commenting on a potential resignation of president Rolandas Paksas - the first in the post-Soviet environment crisis of the democratic system.

    Impeachment to the president is "a political crisis but not a crisis of state administration or a crisis of the existing system," he stressed.

    Speaking about Russian-Lithuanian relations in the light of the current events, Makarenko noted that "the crisis will not have global consequences". Although, in his words, the fact that a Russian businessman is involved in the scandal will allow some Lithuanian politicians "to play the anti-Russian card".

    The main accusation against Paksas is that in his election campaign he used the funds provided to him by businessmen with a shady past. The main financial sponsor of Paksas was businessman Yuri Borisov, a Russian citizen, to whom, as a sign of gratitude, the president granted "as an exception" Lithuanian citizenship.

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