Ousted Norilsk Chairman Voloshin Questions Legality of Vote, WSJ Reports

Alexander Voloshin, a former chief of staff to Rusian Presidents Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, questioned the validity of the vote which overthrew him as chairman of OAO Norilsk Nickel, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a letter he wrote.

Voloshin refused to sign off on the board meeting that overthrew him, citing what he said were violations of corporate best practice, Russian law and the charter that governed the way the meeting was run, the newspaper said.

Voloshin gave his support to UC RUSAL, the aluminum company controlled by Oleg Deripaska, which owns 25 percent of Norilsk and is fighting Interros Holding for dominance of the company, the WSJ said.

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