* Kaufman sends letter to CEDC board
* Says proposed combination "could make sense"
Dec 9 Central European Distribution Corp's
No. 2 shareholder on Friday welcomed top shareholder
and billionaire Roustam Tariko's bid to boost his stake in the
Polish vodka maker.
On Thursday, CEDC said Tariko-owned vodka producer Russian
Standard -- which already holds a 9.9 percent stake -- has
proposed to buy another 19.9 percent, and has also offered to
help the company restructure its debt.
In a letter to the company on Friday, Mark Kaufman -- who
owns a 9.6 percent stake in CEDC -- said a combination between
the two companies "could make sense".
"Tariko has a strong standing both in the wine and spirit
industry and the banking sector. I certainly welcome his attempt
to help build a better future for CEDC," Kaufman said.
Kaufman, however, urged the company to avoid taking action
which may "not be prudent".
Last month, CEDC slashed its full-year outlook for the
second time and a failure to outline plans to pay back debt
sparked a sell-off in the company's stock.
CEDC shares were down 3 percent in early trade on Friday on