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Berezovsky accused of plotting coup

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Berezovsky accused of plotting coup


Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky who lives in exile in London has said he is confident Britain won’t extradite him following new charges by prosecutors in Moscow. The multi-millionaire has been living in London since 2001 where he has been granted refugee status.

He is accused of plotting a “violent coup” by Russia’s FSB secret service following an interview in which Berezovsky was quoted as saying force was needed to bring about change in Russia. Berezovsky is also at the centre of a row over the murder in London last year of his associate and former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko who was being poisoned with radioactive polonium.

Berezovsky accuses the Kremlin of killing Litvinenko – which Moscow denies. In a seperate case, Berezovsky is being tried in absentia on embezzlement charges. He faces up to 10 years in jail for allegedly stealing hundreds of millions of roubles from the Russian flag carrier Aeroflot.

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