"I don't think there is a black list like that. At any rate, I have never seen one," he said at a business lunch on the editorial premises of Rossiiskaya Gazeta, a Moscow-based official daily.
"Rumours are current on a black list of five or seven moneybags whose business will soon be checked for upcoming frame-ups. Such rumours are destructive and very dangerous. They mean the threat is to be warded off through a secret alliance of Big Biz and the powers-that-be. Such an alliance would get things into a deadlock quicker than any other way of conduct.
"To establish a normal legal environment and promote civil society institutions is the only right thing to do," holds the Vice-Premier.