Apr 13 2007

Berezovsky Cracks, Announces Violent Revolution In Russia

Something serious is going on in the Litvinenko case because Boris Berezovsky, patron of Litvinenko, former employer of Andre Lugovoi and within whose office the Po-210 trail runs has finally announced his plans to topple Putin through violent 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 agency reports.

“We need to use force to change this regime, ”Berezovsky said in his interview with Guardian newspaper Friday.

The story of a Putin hit on Alexander Litvinenko was allows too contrived and convenient. The announcement of Putin’s alleged role was held off until after Litvinenko died in a PR coordinated campaign paid for by Berezovsky. For some reason getting the media to see and hear this from Litvinenko himself, the strongest way to convey the charge, could not happen. It seemed like everyone was waiting to see if Litvinenko survived before trotting out the Putin charge.

Then the Berezovsky media machine, headed by his mouthpiece Alex Goldfarb (of NY City – think of the cost and travel time involved) through out wild and shifting charges about Scarammella and Lugovoi – but never naming Lugovoi. Always hinting, as if sending a message of warning. That is until of course Lugovoi and Kovtun met with investigators and it became clear they were witnesses more than suspects – at which point Berezovsky did not rejoice in the breakthrough, he went on a character assassination binge against Lugovoi. If Lugovoi was becoming a witness and uncovering the plot, why would Berezovsky go on the warpath?

The Po-210 that went through London last October, supposedly in at least three consigments all of which had a nexus with a meeting between Litvinenko and Lugovoi, was destined for some kind of nefarious purpose. It is incredibly expensive to divert into the wrong hands and is very difficult to handle safely. But it can be used in nuclear bomb triggers or as the killing device in a dirty bomb.

The Po-210’s alleged Russian production signature (and all nuclear material carries a production signature with it) was more likely an intended framing effort against Putin than anything else. While the scientifically naive media may not understand how nuclear material is traced, those using it do know and understand that to use it is to leave a pointer right back to where it was created. So this sophisticated and expensive operation doubtfully missed that simple angle and more than likely wanted to exploit it. Which again leads us back to Berezovsky and his office contaminated with Po-210.

I plan to add to this post over the day as I read up on the sea of articles out there, but clearly Berezovsky is not trying to hide his intentions anymore. What triggered this is not clear, but the fact is Russian and British and German and US investigators are all working on this case, and Berezovsky’s media diversion cannot divert attention across that broad of a spectrum. Not when extremly deadly nuclear material is at the center of everything. Updates below the fold:

Update: The origin of this breaking news was an interview Berezovsky had with The Guardian. In this interview he makes a grand implication:

The Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky has told the Guardian he is plotting the violent overthrow of President Putin from his base in Britain after forging close contacts with members of Russia’s ruling elite.

The term “Russia’s ruling elite” probably is a reference to those corrupt and possibly criminal oligarchs who plundered Russia after the fall of communism and who have been waging a sometimes violent battle for supremacy outside of Russia. There have been hints and claims the deaths of journalists have not been by Putin trying to silence critics (a useless and endless task) but these Oligarchs who may be implicated in some serious activities. So one way to read this is a bunch of greedy thugs want to overthrow Putin so the thugs can get back to pillaging Russia.

n comments which appear calculated to enrage the Kremlin, and which will further inflame relations between London and Moscow, the multimillionaire claimed he was already bankrolling people close to the president who are conspiring to mount a palace coup.

Translation: He has bribed people with money and promises of a slice of the bounty Berezovsky will get his hands on if the elected government is overthrown. It is important to note Putin has a sky high popularity in Russia and was duly elected by the people. This may be the first of many attempts by powerful people in the West who do not actually believe in democracy as the best form of government. And trust me, there are tons of these “Anakin Skywalkers” out there. In my mind, this is no different than if George Soros came out in London and uttered the same words about George Bush. Frustration with world’s problems is not an excuse to destroy our democracies.

So what gives? Berezovsky is making a personally dangerous move:

t will not be the first time the British government has faced accusations from the Kremlin that it is providing a safe haven for Mr Berezovsky. When he told a Moscow radio station last year that he wanted to see Mr Putin overthrown by force, Jack Straw, then foreign secretary, told the Commons that “advocating the violent overthrow of a sovereign state is unacceptable” and warned the tycoon he could be stripped of his refugee status.

So he was warned before (and probably again recently in private) that he cannot be calling for the overthrow of an ally (one we spent half a century opposing after WW II at great cost). What is his plan? He is now open for losing his refugee status, he is a central figure in the Po-210 smuggling ring, and therefore he is really exposed. So how can he divert attention again?

While declining to describe these contacts – and alleging that they would be murdered if they were identified – he maintained that he was offering his “experience and ideology” to members of the country’s political elite, as well as “my understanding of how it could be done”. He added: “There are also practical steps which I am doing now, and mostly it is financial.”

Has the Po-210 been delivered to where it was meant to go? Will there be new deaths in Russia tied to Po-210 so Berezovsky can claim one of his associates in the coup d’etat was taken out by Putin? What type of game is Berezovsky up to? Putin is out of office in less than a year. There is no need for ‘regime change’ except for the fact Putin is highly popular and his replacement will not be too different. Which makes sense. Is it all or nothing time for Boris?

One thing is certain, Berezovsky continues to use the death of his ‘friend’ Litvinenko to meet his needs:

He added that there was even less chance of such a decision [to remove his refugee status] being taken following the polonium-210 poisoning last November of his former employee, Alexander Litvinenko. “Today the reality is different because of the Litvinenko case.”

Is that a motive I detect here?

Update: Well, maybe the cause for this offensive move has to do with something going on in Russia and investigations there:

Defense lawyers representing Berezovsky in Moscow said they had received a summons to appear at the Russian Prosecutor’s Office later in the day, but that the reason had not been explained to them.

“We have been notified that we must be in the prosecutor’s office at 4 p.m. [12 p.m. GMT] today,” Andrei Borovkov said, adding that he doubted the visit had anything to do with the fresh case Russian prosecutors are set to open against his client on sedition charges.

Very true, it is doubtful this meeting has to do with today’s interview. But it could very well have to do with the Litvinenko investigation. OK – this meeting is more likely about Berezovsky’s embezzlement of funds out of Russia:

Chaika also said Friday that the Prosecutor General’s Office would take up the case opened in connection with Berezovsky’s alleged embezzlement of funds from Russia’s flagship air carrier Aeroflot. He said the case, which the Prosecutor General’s Office has been investigating on and off since 1999, would soon be submitted to court.

Seems Boris is a busy little criminal.

15 responses so far

15 Responses to “Berezovsky Cracks, Announces Violent Revolution In Russia”

  1. If Putin caps this guy, it is self-defense as far as I am concerned.

  2. Ermit says:

    I wish Mr Berezovsky every success in toppling the corrupt regime of Putin’s nuclear terrorists

  3. AJStrata says:

    Ermit,

    And what if the nuclear terrorists are Berezovsky and Zakayev? Zakayev associates with the only group to ever actually plant a dirty nuclear bomb. The Chechen Separatists planted one in Moscow in 1995 as a warning. So if you are concerned about nuclear terrorism I would guess the name associated with that is irrelevant.

  4. Ermit says:

    And what if the nuclear terrorist is really Putin as he is without complicated and sophisticated plot theories? I never heard about Mr Zakaev being associated with the only group that… I practically never read Russian FSB lies, so I don’t know or remember what lie the Russian invaders of Chechnya planted in the media in 1995. The names associated with nuclear terrorists are clear to everybody. It is the FSB and Putin.

  5. AJStrata says:

    Ermit,

    I answered your question already, I want to know who moved the Po-210 and why. now answer my question. The FSB is not the ones who made the claim about the dirty bomb, it was Zakayev’s Chechen separatists before he ran for exile in the UK. And during this time it was Berezovsky who ran the newspapers for Yeltsin. You seem to not know an aweful lot to be making wild accusations.

  6. crosspatch says:

    Having Berezovsky topple Putin would be like Al Capone toppling Calvin Coolidge.

  7. dbostan says:

    One must be nuts to pray for a thug like Berezovsky to topple Putin in a “revolution”.
    One was enough for Russia, and I must say, the Russian people will not allow the same type of scum to do it again…
    Please note that I truly despise Putin, but this is not about Putin.

  8. crosspatch says:

    “I truly despise Putin, but this is not about Putin.”

    Same here. I agree.

  9. wiley says:

    Russia has veered much closer to a socialist-leaning dictatoriship than a democracy during Putin’s reign. It seems to me you severely underestimate the spin, lies & deception that Putin/Russia routinely churn out, and his almost total control over all media matters. Have you forgotten about the Ukraine president poisoning in an attempt to install a Russian hand-picked pres? Just one of hundreds of examples of Putin’s hardline no-holds barred tactics to re-assert soviet-type influence and tactics.

    Yeah, we know Berezovsky is not exactly a swell guy, but to immediately discount him and believe in Putin is akin to the dems saying Iraq under Saddam were no threat and had no connection with Al Quaeda. No Duh Berezovsky wants Putin out — why is that surprising or meaningful? Putin is taking Russia back in time and Berezovsky surely misses his influnce and $ as an elite oligarch. I’m open to the possibilities here, but I still think more points to Putin/Kremlin ties than this conspiracy/smuggling theory.

  10. AJStrata says:

    Wiley,

    When someone shows me solid proof and the evidence is not so clearly pointing in another direction I will agree. Right now Putin has control and popularity. His hand picked successor would win NATURALLY. So there is no reason for him to kill Litvinenko – who was a nobody. And Putin stopped the plundering of the country by the Oligarch’s and brought stability back to the economy. Those who are crying anti-democracy are the plunderers. Obviously I do not take anything at face value or else I would be in the “it’s Putin” camp. I still require some solid evidence and I never buy PR.

  11. AJStrata says:

    Wiley,

    BTW – it is Berezovsky and Litvinenko who leveled leftwing nut charges at Putin akin to those charges claiming Bush and Cheney were behind 9-11. So who is following the Rosie bandwagon here?

  12. wiley says:

    Alright, maybe not the best analogy.
    I’m saying that charges against Putin have merit — there are many, many others (e.g. Kasparov) saying similar things about what he is doing to Russia. But you seem to discount them because you take Putin for his word and/or Berezovsky is too corrupt to ever be right. The inability to objectively assess current Russia & Putin seemed similar (reverse BDS?) to how the dems, no matter how many times it’s been proven false, say Bush lied the country into war and that there is no connection b/w Al Qaeda & Iraq (among other anti-Bush positions).

    I gave up following this closely b/c it stalled, as I knew it would. There will never be a satisfying result or findings b/c Putin & the kremlin have insured that. The closest we’ll get will probably be several years in future when a British inside investigator speaks up with his version of what probably happened.

  13. Koba says:

    Berezovsky would have a clear interest in putting this interview on record if he wanted to pre-empt a criminal extradition request from Russia by establishing clearly that he is a political refugee and not just a common criminal. This would not only throw into doubt any extradition request (is Russia’s extradition request really a criminal case or being done for political reasons?) but would enable him to highlight the danger he would now be in. He would say, “Look what happened to Litvinenko, and here am I calling for the overthrow of Putin – what are they going to do to me?”

    Now Russia is falling into the trap, seeking Berezovsky’s extradition for his comments – which the British courts will block even if the UK government wishes to get rid of him:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6559551.stm

  14. AJStrata says:

    Koba,

    Do not ignore the possible need by the UK and Russia to charge Berezovsky on issues having nothing to do with the Po-210 if they wish to not put all their intel into the court record….

    AJStrata

  15. Koba says:

    Exactly, AJ, I did suppose that they might try the criminal extradition route – but by going public on his wish to overthrow Putin he has drawn them into the political sphere and can also claim that any criminal charges are cover for a political action.