Exiled Russian multi-millionaire Boris Berezovsky has disclosed that he intends to instigate a coup in the Kremlin to oust President Putin. Based in Britain, he is said to have forged close ties with, as well as have bankrolled, Russian political elites close to Putin. “It isn’t possible to change this regime through democratic means,” he remarked, lambasting Putin for having unstitched democratic reforms, violated the country’s constitution, suffocated political opposition and monopolised the reins of power. Dmitry Peskov, the chief spokesperson for the Kremlin, last night described this proclamation as a criminal offence under Russian legislation. He also hastened that such a statement might serve to undermine Berezovsky’s claim to asylum in Britain. [The Guardian, April 13]
From Madrid11.net Security Briefs, April 13
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