[Boris Berezovsky is typical of most of the Russian "Oligarchs," after having risen to his lofty heights after a lowly beginning in the Russian Mafia, he is the one name which links many of the super-wealthy Russian pirate capitalists with the Mob and remnants of the original KGB. His is the latest mysterious death in London, of a former Russian mobster/Oligarch or former KGB. Berezovsky once took credit for the bureaucratic shuffle which moved Putin into the seat of power.]
a senior FSB agent (KGB’s successor), responsible for overseeing the fight against the Russian mafia. He also moonlighted as one of Berezovsky’s bodyguards, along with several other agents. Litvinenko claims that he allegedly received orders from above to assassinate Berezovsky. Instead, Litvinenko told Berezovsky about the plot, who then, confronted Putin about it in an open letter in Kommersant on 13 November 1998.
Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich,
“In March 1998, and later from URPO FSB officers – Colonel Vladimir Shabalin, lieutenant Husak, A., A. Litvinenko, Alexander Scriabin, majors Ponkina A. Kruglov VI, Yermolov, S., and G. Shcheglova Lieutenant Latyshonka K. I learned that the leaders of the major-general of the [Directorate of Analysis and Suppression of Criminal Groups] Khokholkov E., N. Stepanov, Captain 1st rank Kamyshnikov A., Colonel Enin N. et al, using his official position gave illegal orders related to the commission of acts of terrorism, murder, hostage taking, extortion of large sums of money. November-December 1997 and Khokholkov Kamyshnikov set for subordinates the task to kill me.”
“In 1998, in a conversation with me in the presence of Colonel Alexander Litvinenko, Colonel General Trofimov said that the murder of the Russian security services were involved Listyev, of which he has personally told predecessor N. Kovalev.”
Vladislav Listyev, Gunned-Down, March 1, 1995, by a 5-man death squad. Two of them were captured, one (Andrey Chelyshev) blamed the contract on an Azerbaijani businessman, the other (Aleksandr Ageikin) was found dead in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Both Berezovsky and Litvinenko soon fled to London, after confronting Putin, who publicly fired Litvinenko and his fellow FSB agents, claiming publicly that,
“I fired Litvinenko and disbanded his unit …because FSB officers should not stage press conferences. This is not their job. And they should not make internal scandals public.”
Litvinenko was the first victim in this series of unexplained London Russian deaths. He suffered a slow death by Polonium poisoning soon after publicly accusing Putin of “ordering the October 2006 murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.” and blaming the Russian secret services for “staging the Russian apartment bombings and other terrorism acts in an effort to bring Vladimir Putin to power.”
Litvinenko had met with two Russians in London on the day that he became sick from the Polonium. The two Russians, Andrei Lugovoi and Vyacheslav Sokolenko, were former guards in an elite Kremlin unit of the KGB known as the Ninth Department that protected top Communist party officials.
Another Oligarch (now deceased, February 12, 2008), Georgian tycoon Badri Patarkatsishvili defended the primary suspect, describing Lugovoy as a “close friend” for thirteen years. [editor footnote: Patarkatsishvili was born in 1955 into a devout Jewish family in Tbilisi.]
Berezovsky had filed a lawsuit against the estate and family of his late business associate Badri Patarkatsishvili, which was due to be heard in the London High Court in November. Berezovsky settles Patarkatsishvili lawsuit--September 13, 2012
Berezovsky settled the Patarkatsishvili lawsuit after “losing a $6bn lawsuit against Roman Abramovich and a High Court judge gave a scathing assessment of Mr Berezovsky’s character as a witness.”
“Mrs Justice Gloster said in her ruling: “On my analysis of the entirety of the evidence, I found Mr Berezovsky an unimpressive, and inherently unreliable, witness, who regarded truth as a transitory, flexible concept, which could be moulded to suit his current purposes.
“At times the evidence which he gave was deliberately dishonest; sometimes he was clearly making his evidence up as he went along in response to the perceived difficulty in answering the questions in a manner consistent with his case; at other times, I gained the impression that he was not necessarily being deliberately dishonest, but had deluded himself into believing his own version of events.”
Berezovsky sued Abramovich for $4 billion at the London Commercial Court, charging that Abramovich was an “enforcer-type figure for Vladimir Putin.” Only Roman Abramovich and Vladimir Putin are still alive. Was either of them responsible for silencing all of these Russians?]
Abramovich responded with a 53-page rebuttal, charging that Mr Berezovsky and “Badri” Patarkatsishvili extorted enormous sums from him, for “helping him to rise from obscurity.”
Abramovich’s latest “legitimate” conquest is through the investment company, Zoltav Resources Inc., which he gave to his 19 year-old son, Arkadiy Abramovich. Zoltav is currently moving in on CenGeo Holdings Ltd, a private company of another mysterious Oligarch, Valentin Bukhtoyarov, who is also co-owner of “Sibuglemet.” Young Abramovich is moving from investment to oil and gas exploration in CenGeo’s Koltogor oil field in Western Siberia. CenGeo also owns SibGeCo
[RUMAFIA--excellent research link on the Russian Mafia]