Presidents Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan and Saparmurat Niazov of Turkmenistan–none of them a friend of Berezovsky–have maintained a resentful silence over the Kremlin’s arbitrary measure. Neither they nor their spokesmen have commented on Yeltsin’s justificatory telephone calls–a clear indication of disagreement with the Russian president. But Kazakh Prime Minister Nurlan Balgimbaev stated that the move to replace the CIS Executive Secretary “reflected only the opinion of Boris Nikolaevich. And Yeltsin can not act on his own, since the Executive Secretary had been elected to his post by all CIS presidents” (Itar-Tass, Izvestia, March 5, 6).
CHORNOVIL GARNERS SUPPORT.