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Unfiled September 18, 2003
Boris Berezovski In All His Glory of Political Refugee
By Edward Limonov Browse author

On September 11, Great Britain have accorded political asylum to the most notorious refugee from Russia: to Boris Abramovich Berezovski. I never met him personally. Once, we, members of National-Bolsheviks Party have staged a mass anti-Berezovski demonstration in front of building of "LogoVaz" -- his headquarters. Despite of that demonstration he helped me little bit with money when I was imprisoned. Then it was a bottle of cognac.

Opening Berezovski’s cognac gift.

Opening Berezovski’s cognac gift.

The rumor about him, presenting me with a bottle of cognac of 1943, the year of my birth, is not a rumor, but a very true. That bottle, its neck sealed with a white sealing wax, was presented to my party comrades during ceremony of my 60th anniversary at the House of Writers on February 26, 2003. Then, liberated, on July 1st, I ordered to open it at Party Headquarters on 2nd Frunzenskaya and we have drunk it together [see photo] with the bottles of champagne. Everybody, who happened to stay around me, theoretically, we all have drunk Berezovski's cognac. In reality, practical non drinking karate-kid, girl named Olga, one of my body-guards, have saved about half a bottle. Later, I have finished that historical bottle together with a King of Russian PR: Stanislav Belkovski: that very man who by order of Berezovski have created "Edinstvo" in 1999 and in 2003 started attack on "YUKOS". Why so, why Belkovski, because he is not anymore a collaborator of Berezovski? Because it happened that way. What about cognac? It tasted pretty good. It was dark brown nice liquid, smelling of old oak-made barrel. Belkovski guarded the bottle as souvenir, 'cause it has an inscription to me from Berezovski.

Well known that Berezovski was a powerful figure behind political stage of Russia. He helped to inthroned Yeltsin in 1996 and Putin in 2000. He was most powerful from oligarchs surrounding Kremlin's throne. Then he was ousted, for reasons we don't know, but rather because Mr. Putin wanted to liberate himself of all his creditors. Through Paris Berezovski vent to London. As he puted it: "To Paris (Russians) traveled to relax, but they emigrated to London." Sounds as Oscar Wilde's aphorism.

Berezovski started his political struggle with Putin and his regime in the end of July of 2002. From a public hearings, organized at Moscow's hotel, Baltchug-Kempinski. Public Commission, formed for investigation of terrorist attacks in Moscow in autumn of 1999, was headed by Sergei Kovalyov. Commission was connected by video-conference to London, where the witnesses: subcolonel Alexander Litvinenko and writer Yuri Felshtinski have testified. They have known to the commission sensational testimony of Atchemez Gotchiaev, who is wanted by Russian Special Services for organization of terrorist acts in Moscow. But Gotchiaev testified that terrorist acts were organized by FSB, As Litvinenko and Felshtinski were Berezovski's men, actually Berezovski have accused Putin's Federal Service of Security of organizing in the end of 1999 explosions, namely in Moscow, on Kashirski Shosse, and Gurianova Street, as well as in town of Vogodonsk.

According to the facts, presented by Novaya Gazeta and Kommersant, the same explosion was prepared by FSB to take place in Ryazan, but vigilance of inhabitants and of local militia helped to avoid that explosion. FSB claimed later that it have planned and executed anti-terrorist "utchenia" [exercise]. In 2003 Novaya Gazeta N16 have published a text of video and audio interview of Atchemez Gotchiaev himself. In his interview Gochiaev confirmed that he only rented the premises for warehouses, that he did it by insistence of a man, later to be proved an FSB agent.

Berezovski's goal in investigation of explosions in Moscow and Volgodonsk he expressed himself as following: "We achieved a main goal, what I have named for myself: that is changement of social conscience in Russia. The pools of public opinion have showed: more than 50 percent of people are convinced that those explosions were organized by Secret Services [of Russia]. More than that: the question was formulated in most perverted form: 'Do you believe in Berezovski's version, that it is deed of FSB hands?' And still, 53 percents have answered: yes, we believe. Counting that my name was pronounced in official polling question together with question, I think in reality more than 70 percent are believing. That was my main goal. I understood, however, that power cannot put herself in prison."

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