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    KUDRIN SEES KHODORKOVSKY'S LETTER AS REPENTANCE

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    MOSCOW, April 1, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said in his Thursday Echo of Moscow interview on air that a letter by YUKOS ex-head Mikhail Khodorkovsky made public in one of Moscow newspapers was "strange", however, in his opinion it was a kind of repentance.

    "I can see he wants to repent his errors but I am a little bit confused by a show-off way he did it. Half a year ago he was saying completely opposite things, the letter seemed affected to me," he said.

    Meanwhile, he is positive of the statement about "certain responsibility for social affairs in the country Russia's big business must take on." Khodorkovsky's letter was published in a Moscow newspaper [Vedomosti] on Tuesday and reprinted in other media. YUKOS ex-head is in a pre-trial detention center now. The Russian General Prosecutor's Office charges Mr. Khodorkovsky with financial fraud and tax evasion.

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