Monday, 25 March 2013

Boris Berezovsky - A man full of contradictions

Boris Berezovsky
Boris Berezovsky - A man full of contradictions

Boris Berezovsky was a man plagued by contradictions. With links with the CIA and British Security Services, he was also a strong supporter of Muslim rebels in Chechnya.

In a few days time, Boris Berezovsky would have had to attend as a witness in an investigation about the death of Alexander Litvinenko and with his passing, fortunately for British Security Services, many questions will remain unanswered.

Having played a pivotal role in Russia under Boris Yeltsin, Berezovsky played a pivotal role in the United Kingdom. When the son of a deposed President of a former Soviet Republic looked for political asylum in the United Kingdom, all he had to do was to travel to Scotland to be assisted by Boris Berezovsky’s lawyers in the United Kingdom. When America needed right of passage for logistical support in Afghanistan, Boris Berezovsky was there to help thanks to his links in former Soviet Republics.

Boris Berezovsky was the protecting Godfather of many Russian exiles in the United Kingdom, people who came to Britain for various reasons including fundamental financial reasons like hiding Russian money unduly taken away from Russia.

Many Russian exiles are what I would call ‘political toilet paper’. Used when it is convenient to do so, only to be thrown away when they are no longer useful. Marina Litvinenko has repeatedly confirmed that Alexander Litvinenko was working for MI6 and MI6 has repeatedly denied it. In any case, British Intelligence Services had more reasons than the Russian authorities to get rid of Alexander Litvinenko and this is something British Intelligence Services cannot deny.

Britain was involved in two conflicts in Islamic countries and both Boris Berezovsky and Alexander Litvinenko were ‘extremely supportive’ of Muslim rebels in Chechnya that had links with the very same people that were killing British soldiers.

When Andrei Lugovoi came to London to negotiate with Alexander Litvinenko, the game changed. Russia wanted to extradite Boris Berezovsky and only documents provided by Alexander Litvinenko could force Britain to give away Boris Berezovsky. Boris Berezovky was still useful to both the CIA and the British establishment and therefore Alexander Litvinenko had to be sacrificed to protect Boris Berezovsky.

In the end, Boris Berezovsky ceased to be useful. The British establishment could have easily changed the course of events in the legal dispute between Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich but did nothing to help Boris Berezovsky. The outcome of the legal dispute was indicative of a new status quo in which Boris Berezovsky would no longer be needed.

Isolated from Russia, abandoned by the British establishment, abandoned by his partner and mother of his children, Boris Berezovsky became no more than a political liability because he had nothing to lose apart from his own life. In soccer, they say that a team that has nothing to lose becomes more dangerous. A frank witness account provided by Boris Berezovsky regarding Alexander Litvinenko was something that the British establishment did not want and would avoid by all means. This is why Boris Berezovsky had to die to protect the British establishment.  

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