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  • Boris Berezovsky was looking forward to Israel holiday before death

    04/01/2013 1:15:21 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 1st April, 2013 | Steven Swinford
    Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch found lying on his bathroom floor with a ligature around his neck, was in good spirits the night before his died and was looking forward to a holiday to Israel, according to his girlfriend. Katerina Sabirova, 23, said she did not believe he had killed himself and said that he sounded “better than usual” when she spoke to him. She said they were due to go to the Dead Sea three days later. A post-mortem conducted last month found that Mr Berezovsky's death was "consistent with hanging" and that there were no signs of violence...
  • Murder "cannot be eliminated": Inquest hears Boris Berezovsky was found with ligature ...

    03/29/2013 10:27:07 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 28 March 2013 | Vicki Smith
    Murder was not ruled out today after an inquest heard that exiled Russian Boris Berezovsky was found lying in his bathroom with a ligature around his neck. A piece of the same material around his throat was tied on to the shower rail above him, indicating he apparently hanged from the rail. But police told a coroner they still cannot rule out murder. Det Insp Mark Bissell said: “The results of the postmortem found that the cause of death was consistent with hanging. "The pathologist has found nothing to indicate a sign of struggle or third party involvement.” He added...
  • Boris Berezovsky 'was killed by the BRITISH secret service who feared he would return to Russia

    03/25/2013 5:43:53 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 14 replies
    Oligarch Boris Berezovsky may have been killed by British spies from MI5 or MI6 to stop him leaking state secrets to the Russians, a leading supporter of Vladimir Putin argued today. Fears in the West that the tycoon was planning to make peace with the president and end his 13-year UK exile may have led to him being assassinated, Kremlin insider Sergei Markov has said. After falling out with Putin in 2000, the 67-year-old fled to Britain where he was later given political asylum.
  • Putin foe, exiled Russian oligarch found dead in UK home

    03/25/2013 6:42:50 PM PDT · by Cvengr · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | 8:40 PM EDT, Sun March 24, 2013 | Tom Watkins, Chelsea J. Carter and Holly Yan
    He was a powerful Russian businessman whose falling-out with his government left him self-exiled in England. He blamed the Kremlin for the death of a former Russian spy who was poisoned by radioactive material. Now, Boris Berezovsky himself is dead. Police scouring the scene Sunday have found no sign so far of "third party involvement," a detective said. But details surrounding Berezovsky's death remain a mystery. Police say they haven't determined the cause. After a paramedic's radiation detector went off at the scene, investigators declared the area "safe and clear to work in," the Thames Valley Police said in a...
  • The Polonium Diversion

    12/27/2006 12:16:00 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies · 555+ views ^ | December 10, 2006 | Edward Jay Epstein
    The Polonium Diversion At least a dozen people have been contaminated by the rare radioactive isotope Polonium 210. The list includes Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB who died from a dose of Polonium 210 in London on November 23rd; Andrei Lugovoi, a former colleague of Litvinenko in the KGB, who met with Litvinenko at the Pine bar of the Millennium Hotel in London the day he became ill, November 1st; Dmitry Lugovoi, Lugovoi’s business associate, who also attended that November 1st meetings; 7 employees of the Millennium Hotel; Mario Scaramella, an Italian security consultant, who dined with...
  • Dead Billionaire Had Feared Enemy Plot (Georgian Opposition Leader Victim of Kremlin-a-cide?)

    02/13/2008 11:47:49 AM PST · by Squidpup · 15 replies · 180+ views
    Sky News ^ | February 13, 2008 | Sky News
    The sudden death of an exiled Georgian billionaire may have been another "Alexander Litvinenko-style" murder, it is feared. A major crime squad is investigating the death of 52-year-old Badri Patarkatsishvili, whose body was found at his country mansion in Surrey at about 11pm last night. His family said he suffered a heart attack - but Surrey Police have launched an investigation to confirm the exact cause of death after reports of a plot to kill him. Sky News' home affairs correspondent Mark White said: "The police want to leave no stone uncovered. "In the light of Litvinenko's death in 2006...
  • 'Russian spy poisoned me' says former double agent Gordievsky

    04/06/2008 5:13:30 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 519+ views ^ | 07 April 2008 | Paula Fentiman
    AN ALLEGED attempt to kill a former Russian spy who defected to Britain was being investigated by police last night. Oleg Gordievsky was admitted to a hospital in Guildford after falling ill in November last year. And yesterday he claimed he had been poisoned with the highly toxic metal thallium in a botched assassination attempt. Gordievsky, a KGB double agent who spied on Russia for British intelligence during the 1980s, claims he was targeted by a Russian assassin who visited him at his safe house in Surrey. The 69-year-old was unconscious for 34 hours after falling ill last year and...
  • Russian Espionage In UK 'At Cold War Level'

    09/07/2007 6:46:47 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 349+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-8-2007 | David Blair
    Russian espionage in UK 'at Cold War level' By David Blair, Diplomatic Correspondent Last Updated: 1:11am BST 08/09/2007 Russia's espionage operation in Britain is operating at the level of the Cold War and involves about half of the staff accredited to its diplomatic missions in London, it has been claimed. Boris Berezovsky: an outspoken critic of Putin Their tasks range from seeking military and commercial secrets to monitoring Russian dissidents based in London, most notably Boris Berezovsky, the billionaire and outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin. When Britain expelled four Russian diplomats in July - responding to Moscow's failure to...
  • Russia Issues New Warrant for Tycoon

    08/07/2007 5:39:52 PM PDT · by Flavius · 2 replies · 158+ views
    usa daily ^ | 8/7/07 | ) By JIM HEINTZ
    A court on Tuesday issued a new arrest warrant for exiled tycoon and Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky, a move likely to increase tensions between Moscow and London over Britain's refusal to extradite him. The Basmanny District Court issued the warrant on charges that Berezovsky stole some $13 million from the SBS-Agro banking giant. The previously unknown case surfaced late last month. Berezovsky already is on trial in absentia for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars from the Russian flagship airline Aeroflot.
  • Berezovsky is playing us, and it’s embarrassing

    07/30/2007 12:32:06 AM PDT · by vertolet · 10 replies · 516+ views
    The Times ^ | July 30, 2007 | Stefanie Marsh
    Belatedly, here’s my tuppence on Alastair Campbell’s diaries: he was a spin-doctor, an unprecedentedly successful one. Did anyone seriously expect him to be anything other than utterly calculating and ruthless? What stings people most, especially the press, about Campbell is how he managed to manipulate us so skilfully for so long. And yet it seems to be happening again, right under our noses. One of the most skilful media operators of recent times has turned Britain into the Gullible Man of Europe. He opens his mouth, we take what he says as gospel. Because of his enormous wealth – enormous...
  • Berezovsky says planning Russian revolution: paper

    04/12/2007 7:39:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 719+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/12/07 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky said he is planning a revolution in Russia to topple President Vladimir Putin, in comments published on Friday. "We need to use force to change this regime," Berezovsky, who has received asylum in Britain, told the Guardian newspaper. "It isn't possible to change this regime through democratic means. There can be no change without force, pressure." Asked if he was fomenting a revolution, he said: "You are absolutely correct." Berezovsky, a vocal critic of Putin, said he was in contact with members of Russia's political elite. He said these people -- who he...
  • Russia demands the handover of Putin's critics in exchange for poison case help

    12/05/2006 11:03:28 PM PST · by MadIvan · 57 replies · 1,266+ views
    The Times ^ | December 6, 2006 | Tony Halpin and Daniel McGrory
    Russia named its price yesterday for providing help in the investigation into the death by poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. It demanded that Britain hand over the enemies of President Putin who have been given asylum in London.The ultimatum came as Russian officials imposed strict limits on how Scotland Yard detectives will be allowed to operate as they began their investigation in Moscow. The strict conditions threatened to deepen the diplomatic rift between Moscow and London caused by the death last month by radioactive polonium-210 poisoning of Litvinenko. John Reid, the Home Secretary, pledged this week that no diplomatic obstacles would...

    12/02/2006 8:51:06 PM PST · by GarySpFc · 237 replies · 3,925+ views
    BHHRG ^ | 1/26/2006 | Marina Lapenkova
    Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky has never made any secret of his loathing for President Vladimir Putin, but in an interview in his London exile the controversial tycoon went one step further with a vow to mount a coup. "President Putin violates the constitution and any violent action on the opposition's part is justified today, and that includes taking power by force, which is exactly what I am working at," the oligarch, looking vibrant despite five years in self-imposed exile, told AFP at his Piccadilly office. For the past 18 months, "we have been preparing to take power by force in...
  • "Poisoned Spy" Case Heating Up !

    11/26/2006 9:06:26 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 5 replies · 312+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 11/26/06 | vanity
    Russia is responding to allegations Putin engineered the poisoning of former FSB Colonel Litvienko. I'm not a fan of Putin - or his regime - but the denials make more sense than the media's rush to judgment !
  • Spy death: Russian Lawmakers blame tycoon

    11/24/2006 11:07:57 PM PST · by Omega Man II · 18 replies · 632+ views
    Spy death: Russian Lawmakers blame tycoon NDTV Correspondent Saturday, November 25, 2006 (Moscow): Pro-Kremlin lawmakers and state-controlled television networks point the finger for the death of former spy Alexander Litvinenko at a prominent Putin enemy in UK - tycoon Boris Berezovsky. Though Litvinenko's deathbed message has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin. Legislators seconded a top Putin aide's suggestion that Litvinenko's death in a London hospital on Thursday was part of a plot against Russia. They claimed that Berezovsky, a major critic whose asylum in Britain has enraged the Kremlin, was involved in the killing. "The death of Litvinenko for Russia,...
  • Poisoned former KGB spy dies in London

    11/23/2006 3:15:43 PM PST · by lunarbicep · 124 replies · 8,280+ views
    Yahoo News & AP ^ | November 23, 2006 | TARIQ PANJA
    Poisoned Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko died on Thursday in an intensive care ward, London's University College Hospital said. Litvinenko, a fierce critic of the Russian government, suffered a rapid deterioration in his health on Thursday, but doctors still were unable to determine the cause of his death, a spokesman said in a statement.
  • Condition of former KGB spy worsens ( Putin ? )

    11/20/2006 2:11:30 PM PST · by george76 · 57 replies · 1,712+ views
    Yahoo News & AP ^ | 11-20-06 | TARIQ PANJA
    LONDON - A former KGB agent turned Kremlin critic who was poisoned three weeks ago was moved into intensive care Monday after his condition deteriorated, and his doctor said the toxin has attacked his bone marrow. Prominent Russian exiles claimed Litvinenko was poisoned at the behest of the Kremlin... Thallium causes hair loss and interferes with the cardiovascular and nervous systems, attacking the vital organs. Litvinenko's white cell count is down to nearly zero, said Dr. John Henry, a clinical toxicologist treating him. "It shows his bone marrow has been attacked and that he is susceptible to infection," Litvinenko, who...
  • Kremlin Capitalism

    09/23/2006 5:27:58 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 10 replies · 396+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | Friday, September 22, 2006 | Marshall I. Goldman
    As Vladimir Putin nears the end of what he insists will be his last term as president, analysts can not help but notice how different the country is today from the one he inherited from his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, in 2000. Most critics have focused on the way the Kremlin has increased its control of the media and eliminated regional gubernatorial elections. There have also been far-reaching changes in the ownership and management of several of the country's largest and richest energy and metals companies, however. Here, too, the Kremlin once again has begun to play a more intrusive role....
  • London to consider Russia's request for Berezovsky's extradition

    03/02/2006 8:58:54 AM PST · by x5452 · 15 replies · 223+ views
    INterfax ^ | Mar 2 2006 3:09PM
    Mar 2 2006 5:37PM London to consider Russia's request for Berezovsky's extradition MOSCOW. March 2 (Interfax) - Britain will thoroughly study the Russian Prosecutor General's Office's request for the extradition of businessman Boris Berezovsky, Anton Atrashkin, deputy head of the Press and Public Affairs Section of the British embassy in Moscow told Interfax on Thursday. "We know that a corresponding request has been filed. I can assure you that any enquiry filed by Russian government bodies will be thoroughly examined in London," he said.
  • MP: shadowy group related to Soros is operating against state’s interest (new color revolution?)

    11/09/2005 4:21:06 PM PST · by jb6 · 7 replies · 412+ views
    Batlic Times ^ | 09.11.2005 | Aaron Eglitis
    RIGA - The controversy surrounding earlier visits by Russian exile Boris Berezovsky, as well as his recent banning, became more muddied last week when the head of Parliament’s national security commission, Indulis Emsis, announced that a clandestine network structure was operating in the country, and that billionaire George Soros was part of the conspiracy. Emsis, a member of the Greens and Farmers Union and a former prime minister, said he would consult foreign security agencies as to the possible existence of a secret anti-democratic group in the Baltic state. The group, or so he claimed, has exercised power partly through...
  • Russian ZOT "Meta-Group" Behind 9/11?

    11/03/2005 4:55:34 PM PST · by snowback · 148 replies · 3,954+ views
    Lobster. The Journal of Parapolitics ^ | 10/29/05 | Peter Dale Scott
    Concluding Question: The Meta-Group and the United States Government It seems clear that the meta-group, with its influential connections on at least three continents, was powerful enough to effect changes, through the Russian 9/11, in Russian history. The question arises whether they could similarly effect changes in American history as well. As we have seen Russian sources claim that the U.S. Government has had access to he meta-group, for such especially sensitive projects as the assassination of Abu al Walid al-Hamadi. They claim the meta-group's involvement in a number of U.S.-sponsored regime changes in eastern Europe, from the overthrow of...
  • Russians blame Chechen for US editor's murder

    06/16/2005 11:03:54 PM PDT · by Destro · 90 replies · 837+ views ^ | Friday June 17, 2005 | Nick Paton Walsh
    Russians blame Chechen for US editor's murder Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow Friday June 17, 2005 The Guardian Russian prosecutors say the murder of an American journalist, Paul Klebnikov, shot dead in Moscow last year, was ordered by a Chechen separatist angered by the reporter's negative portrayal of him - and have declared the case closed. Khodzh-Ahmed Nukhayev, a former official in the separatist government, paid a gang of Chechens to kill Mr Klebnikov because of a 2003 book critical of Mr Nukhayev, the prosecutor's office said yesterday. The killing highlighted the dangers faced in Russia by investigative journalists, who...
  • Fugitive Russian oligarch Berezovsky may participate in Ukrainian privatization

    06/13/2005 9:33:49 PM PDT · by jb6 · 2 replies · 152+ views
    Russia Journal ^ | June 07, 2005
    KIEV — Fugitive Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky admits it is possible he will take part in tenders to privatize Ukrainian enterprises. "I do not rule out the possibility of my partaking in any of the auctions, because Ukraine's new authorities have declared the transparency of the auctions and business as a whole," Berezovsky was quoted by the Ukrainskaya Pravda internet newspaper on Tuesday. He supposed that Ukraine will let "a great number of enterprises" be privatized. Although Berezovsky did not elaborate on what enterprises he was seeking to acquire, while commenting on the sectors of his interest, he said,...

    04/04/2005 2:05:27 PM PDT · by jb6 · 6 replies · 275+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 2005-04-04 16:00 | Tara Burnos
    KIEV, April 4 (RIA Novosti, Tara Burnos) - Exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky can visit Ukraine anytime, representatives of the Ukrainian State Border Service Committee and Security Service told RIA Novosti on Monday. "Any person having proper documents can enter our country," said Anatoly Samarchenko, spokesman for the State Border Service Committee. "If Berezovsky's visit is legitimate and Ukrainian law enforcement bodies have nothing against it, he can arrive in Kiev anytime," he noted. According to Marina Ostapenko, spokeswoman for the Ukrainian Security Council, security services have no claims against the exiled Russian businessmen. "No one, including border guards, has...
  • Berezovsky will be allowed to move to Ukraine - Communist leader

    01/31/2005 10:46:40 AM PST · by jb6 · 2 replies · 171+ views
    KYIV. Jan 31 (Interfax-Ukraine) - Ukrainian Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko has suggested that the Ukrainian authorities will allow controversial Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky to take up residence in their country. Berezovsky's plans to move to Ukraine prove that he helped finance Viktor Yushchenko's election campaign, Symonenko told Interfax on Monday. "In the end, we have found confirmation that Mr. Berezovsky, like some other oligarchs in Russia or those banished from Russia, worked to support Yushchenko during the presidential elections," he said.
  • Exiled Russian Tycoon Wants to Move to Ukraine

    01/29/2005 6:08:41 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 7 replies · 241+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat, Jan 29, 2005
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin (news - web sites), wants to leave Britain, where he has been given political asylum, and move to Ukraine, media quoted him as saying on Saturday. Berezovsky, one of Russia's once-mighty and hugely wealthy "oligarchs," voiced his intention just days after the inauguration of Ukraine's new President Viktor Yushchenko, a Western-leaning liberal whose candidacy Putin publicly opposed. "Yes, I want to move to Kiev," Berezovsky told Interfax news agency. "I don't want to do business in Kiev, I just want to live there." A powerful Kremlin...
  • Report: Exiled Russian Tycoon Wants To Move To Ukraine (Birds of a feather)

    01/28/2005 6:40:34 PM PST · by jb6 · 10 replies · 228+ views
    AP ^ | Friday January 28, 5:15 PM EST
    MOSCOW (AP)--Boris Berezovsky, the controversial Russian tycoon now living in exile in London, says he wants to move to Ukraine, a Russian news Web site reported Friday. The report came less than a week after the inauguration of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, who aims to steer the country out of the Kremlin's sphere of influence and toward greater integration with Western Europe. Berezovsky amassed a fortune in dubious privatization deals in the early 1990s and became an influential Kremlin insider, but fell out of favor with President Vladimir Putin and fled the country to avoid an investigation into the laundering...
  • Viewpoint: 'Soviet' grip on Russian media

    11/28/2004 12:21:29 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 303+ views
    BBC ^ | 26 November, 2004
    The former editor of one of Russia's best-known dailies, who was fired following his paper's coverage of the Beslan school siege, has said that media control in the country is comparable to Soviet times. Raf Shakirov, who ran the Izvestiya newspaper until his dismissal following what he claimed was pressure from the Kremlin, said that televison news was dedicated to propaganda designed to make Russia appear better. He said that Russian television news would show only positive stories about Russia, but very negative ones about events in the West. "They describe strikes in London, and lots of problems in Western...
  • (Russian) Tycoon (living in London) foils ‘nuclear bomb sale’ plot

    10/23/2004 4:21:05 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 35 replies · 1,304+ views
    UK Times ^ | Oct. 24, 2004 | David Leppard
    THE London-based Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky has claimed that the intelligence services helped to foil a plot by Chechen terrorists to sell a nuclear device on the international black market. Berezovsky last week described the curious events that led to him tipping off the authorities about the plot. The exiled Russian oligarch, who according to The Sunday Times Rich List is the 14th richest man in Britain, said that he had contacted British and American intelligence after being approached by a Chechen at his home in Surrey. The Chechen said he was acting as an intermediary for a man who...
  • Lithuania to close Chechen separatists' website (Kavkaz is dead!)

    09/17/2004 5:59:33 PM PDT · by MarMema · 97 replies · 861+ views
    Interfax ^ | Sep 17 2004 | Interfax
    VILNIUS. Sept 17 (Interfax) - The Lithuanian Defense Council decided at its Friday session that the Kavkaz-Center website which belongs to Chechen separatists and is operated from Lithuania will be closed in the near future. "This website has been inciting ethnic and religious hatred. That is why a decision was made at the Lithuanian Defense Council's session to recommend that its operations be stopped in the near future," Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas told journalists after the session, which was chaired by the country's President Valdas Adamkus.
  • Friends and Colleagues Hold Funeral Service for American Editor of Russian Forbes Edition

    07/11/2004 6:49:29 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 634+ views
    AP ^ | July 11, 2004
    Friends and Colleagues Hold Funeral Service for American Editor of Russian Forbes Edition Mara D. Bellaby/Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) - Friends and colleagues of the slain American editor of Forbes Magazine's Russian edition held a small, private funeral service Sunday for Paul Klebnikov in the Russian capital, Russia's Ekho Moskvy reported. About 40 people attended the service at St. Yekaterina's Church, the radio station said. Klebnikov will buried in the United States. Klebnikov, 41, was gunned down late Friday outside the magazine's offices. Russia's Prosecutor-General Vladimir Ustinov has said that he was taking personal control of the investigation, which authorities...
  • Khakamada Leads a Lonely Liberal Campaign (Guess People not happy with Oligarch rule)

    02/04/2004 10:48:24 PM PST · by RussianConservative · 1 replies · 279+ views
    Moscow Times | Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004 | Caroline McGregor
    Irina Khakamada is running for president but her campaign headquarters are not bustling. Phones aren't ringing off the hook and no one is barking instructions. This is no Clinton-style war room, yet this lone warrior still looks battle-weary. She says she harbors no illusions of unseating President Vladimir Putin, but that's not the point. "We're fighting so that people raise their voices," she says, not fighting to win. "That costs less." But it's not clear just who is raising their voices in support. Speculation that she is a mercenary front for the Kremlin or oligarch interests has made it difficult...
  • Russia scolds Georgia over tycoon (Berezovsky)

    12/03/2003 7:32:23 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies · 129+ views
    BBC ^ | 3 December, 2003
    Russia has demanded that Georgia explain why it allowed Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky to visit the Caucasus republic without arresting him. The billionaire, who has been granted political asylum in Britain, flew into Tbilisi by private jet on Tuesday night - to visit a friend, he said. The Russian foreign ministry said Georgia should have acted on an international warrant for his arrest. Mr Berezovsky is wanted in Russia on fraud and embezzlement charges. The Georgian ambassador to Moscow was summoned to the foreign ministry and was told that Russia "demands explanations why Georgian law enforcement agencies failed to take...
  • Berezovsky secretly visits Tbilisi

    12/03/2003 8:16:33 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 181+ views
    Interfax ^ | December 3, 2003
    Tbilisi. (Interfax) - Georgia's independent television channel Rustavi-2 reported that Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky, who currently resides in London, arrived in Tbilisi from Britain early Wednesday morning. Berezovsky was met at the airport by his friend, Georgian businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili, Rustavi-2 reported. Spokesman for the Georgian Border Department Shalva Lontaridze confirmed to the press that Berezovsky arrived in Tbilisi from London last night on a plane owned by Patarkatsishvili. He also said that Berezovsky was cleared through the customs with a passport under the name of Elenin Platon. At 5 a.m., following a meeting with Patarkatsishvili, Berezovsky left Tbilisi...
  • Switzerland Probes Russian Tycoon

    11/17/2003 6:38:26 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 1 replies · 105+ views
    Guardian ^ | 11/17/03 | Clare Nullis
    GENEVA (AP) - Swiss authorities have begun a criminal investigation of Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, who fled corruption charges in his homeland and was granted political asylum in Britain, the federal prosecutor's office said Sunday. The investigation is related to the corruption case in Russia, but Hansjoerg Widmer, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office, declined to provide further details. Berezovsky is one of a number of prominent Russian business executives who made fortunes during their country's privatization of state industries in the 1990s and now face what critics of President Vladimir Putin say are politically motivated criminal charges. Swiss prosecutors...
  • In Russia, the Score Is 0

    11/04/2003 6:20:08 AM PST · by OESY · 34 replies · 263+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 4, 2003 | GEORGE MELLOAN
    <p>Long ago in Leningrad, my wife and I were enjoying a gala dinner laid on by the local soviet for visiting trade center representatives from around the world. The band was playing "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," perhaps to remind us of how recently Americans had been prisoners in Vietnam. But then a fight broke out on the dance floor. A burly Russian, well lubricated with vodka, tried to cut in on another man's date.</p>
  • Berezovsky Takes Out $1M Ads

    09/24/2003 9:47:56 AM PDT · by RussianConservative · 11 replies · 213+ views
    Reuters | Wednesday, Sep. 24, 2003.
    Boris Berezovsky and other Kremlin critics took out a full-page advertisement in major U.S. newspapers on Tuesday warning the United States not to trust President Vladimir Putin. The advertisement in The Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal was clearly designed to embarrass Putin as he headed for the United States to attend the UN General Assembly and a summit with U.S. President George W. Bush. Titled "Seven questions to President George Bush about his friend President Vladimir Putin," it accused Putin of undermining democracy, stamping his control on parliament, courts and media, and overseeing genocide in Chechnya....
  • Russia's Yukos investigations could be start of Kremlin campaign against oligarchs

    08/17/2003 3:18:12 PM PDT · by DPB101 · 4 replies · 283+ views
    The Calgary Herald ^ | 8/17/03 | Mark McDonald
    Criminal investigations into the oil-and-banking empire of Russia's wealthiest tycoon have shocked the capital, sent the stock market into a nosedive and even stirred up worries about the fragility of the country's fledgling democracy. Heavy-handed raids in recent weeks by the tax police and security agencies have targeted Yukos, the conglomerate headed by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a 40-year-old magnate whose personal fortune is estimated at $8 billion US. Some observers suggest the Yukos investigations could be the start of a serious Kremlin campaign against Russia's so-called oligarchs, the handful of young businessmen who schemed to take control of key industries and...
  • Berezovsky Has His First Day in Court

    04/02/2003 7:53:23 PM PST · by presidio9 · 211+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 3, 2003 | Catherine Belton
    LONDON -- Controversial powerbroker Boris Berezovsky emerged Wednesday from extradition hearings in London's Bow Street Magistrates Court wearing a satirical mask of Putin in defiance of the regime he claims is seeking to muzzle and even kill him for his opposition stance. The court agreed to a request to adjourn the hearings made by Berezovsky's defense for more time to put together a case to show the fraud charges forwarded by the Russian authorities against him and his close associate Yuly Dubov are politically motivated. It set the next hearing for May 13. Under British extradition law, the accused cannot...
  • Russian tycoon arrested in Britain on fraud charges

    03/25/2003 12:30:30 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies · 343+ views
    UP ^ | 3-25-03
    <p>British police said Tuesday they have arrested Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky at the request of Russian authorities who have charged him with fraud.</p> <p>An extradition request charges that Berezovsky defrauded the administration of Russia's Samara region while director of a company called LogoVaz between Jan. 1, 1994 and Dec. 31, 1995.</p>
  • Russian Accuses Government of Attacks

    05/23/2002 7:21:08 PM PDT · by Ivan the Terrible · 3 replies · 216+ views
    AP ^ | Wed May 15 | SARAH KARUSH
    MOSCOW (AP) - When Alexander Litvinenko worked for Russia's main security agency, his job was to try to infiltrate and topple terrorist networks. Today he is fighting what he claims is the country's biggest terrorist group: his former employer. From London, where he fled in November 2000, Litvinenko, 39, talks to anyone who will listen about the Federal Security Service's alleged role in apartment-house bombings that killed more than 300 people in Russia in 1999. He claims to have vital evidence stashed in a suitcase waiting for independent investigators. Many Russians have questioned the official version of the 1999 events,...
  • Russian Flag Over Minneapolis

    04/25/2002 7:12:20 PM PDT · by Ivan the Terrible · 13 replies · 516+ views
    If we are to believe the Moscow media, during February and the first half of March 2002, relations between the United States and Russia changed – and changed greatly – from bad to worse. The most recent issues of the leading Moscow newspapers and magazines are oversaturated with anti-American sentiments. For example, the weekly Moscow News (usually a very liberal, "pro-American and pro-democratic" magazine for intellectuals) published an article in its March 12-18 issue called "Let's put the Bush gang on trial! It is fashionable, among Russian politicians, to be anti-Western this season." The article quoted such Russian politicians as...
  • A $200 million press conference

    03/21/2002 4:41:32 PM PST · by Boyd · 8 replies · 174+ views
    Russia Journal ^ | 3/22/02 | OTTO LATSIS / Special to The Russia Journal
    A $200 million press conference All large Russian fortunes were made in much the same way through dividing up former state assets. But they all get spent differently. As befits capitalists, many of Russia's wealthy spend their money making more money. But then there's Roman Abramovich, co-owner of one of Russia's largest oil companies, Sibneft. Abramovich has spent a lot of his money becoming governor of remote and sparsely populated Chukotka, which he says he wants to bring closer to modern civilization. Another Sibneft co-owner, Boris Berezovsky, spends his money financing the political opposition the recently formed Liberal Russia...
  • Customs seize Berezovsky's videos about explosions in Moscow, Volgodonsk

    03/10/2002 8:26:57 AM PST · by Boyd · 4 replies · 226+ views
    Interfax ^ | 3/10/02 | Interfax
    Customs seize Berezovsky's videos about explosions in Moscow, Volgodonsk 'We've already convicted the Chechens...let's move on' Interfax. Sunday, Mar. 10, 2002, 1:07 PM Moscow Time MOSCOW. March 10 (Interfax) - State Duma deputy and member of the Liberal Russia movement Yuli Rybakov said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio that the customs department of St. Petersburg's Pulkovo airport has confiscated 100 video cassettes about the explosions of apartment buildings in Moscow and Volgodonsk. The film was demonstrated by businessman Boris Berezovsky at a recent press conference in London, and is evidence of the Russian special services' involvement in...