told ya so
- From: "captain." <spammersmustdie@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 10:26:24 GMT
-obviously it wasn't a very hard call to make.
Russia Expects Berezovsky's Extradition From Britain After Revolution
Russia expects exiled tycoon Boris Berezovsky to be extradited from Britain
where he has refugee status after the billionaire told a newspaper he was
planning a revolution to topple President Vladimir Putin, Reuters news
"We need to use force to change this regime, "Berezovsky said in his
interview with Guardian newspaper Friday.
The statement quickly rebounded on Russia's relations with Britain, already
strained by accusations from London-based dissidents including Berezovsky
that the Kremlin was behind the poisoning death of ex-Russian agent
"The main thing it seems to me is that he has put the British authorities
and the British justice system in an awkward position," Kremlin deputy
spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Russia has for years been trying to extradite Berezovsky from his base in
London to face corruption charges at home but has been foiled because of his
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference: "It is a question for
the British authorities. They know perfectly well what this person is up
Prosecutor-General Yuri Chaika said he had ordered a criminal investigation
over Berezovsky's remarks, though the tycoon is outside Russia's
The Kremlin believes Britain is providing the 61-year-old Berezovsky with a
safe haven and platform from which to conduct a campaign against Putin and
Berezovsky was at the centre of allegations, angrily denied by the Kremlin,
that Putin played a part in Litvinenko's death in London last November.
Berezovksy was a pall-bearer at Litvinenko's funeral.
The majority of Russian voters back Putin and have no appetite for
revolution, but Berezovsky's comments are also likely to raise the political
temperature inside Russia in the run-up to parliamentary elections in
December and a presidential vote in 2008.
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