Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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via Robert Amsterdam by Citizen M on 3/26/13
260313TODAY: Berezovsky death ‘consistent with hanging’, suspicions remain; Amnesty offices searched; Putin backs Cyprus bailout deal; Gazprom firm on Ukraine prices; China’s new energy deals; Zhirinovsky re-elected.
According to the postmortem examination, the cause of Boris Berezovsky’s death was ‘consistent with hanging, and ruled out the possibility of a violent struggle, but as RFE/RL notes, the police statement did not specify whether Berezovsky hanged himself.  Luke Harding discusses the suspicions that nonetheless remain with the oligarch’s friends and family, who suspect that he was murdered: close friend Nikolai Glushkov has dismissed reports of Berezovsky’s alleged depression and financial problems, saying, ‘the idea that he would have taken his own life is bullshit’.  The Moscow Times says that Berezovsky may have been a scapegoat, but that his villainous reputation was not unfounded.  ‘Since Berezovsky’s departure for London in 2000, he has been demonized by the Kremlin as the antithesis of everything Putin stands for. But the truth is that they were once patron and protege, master and apprentice.’  Yevgeny Kiselyov discusses the relationship between Putin and ‘Yeltsin’s kingmaker’ in more detail.  Vadim Nikitin says Berezovsky ‘produced his own gravediggers’.  Prosecutors searched the Moscow headquarters of Amnesty International yesterday, part of what many opposition members are calling an ongoing campaign of pressure against rights organisations; Amnesty called the raid ‘straightforward intimidation’.
Cyprus and the European Union have reached a bailout deal which, argues theWashington Post, could be bad news for Russia in a deal that ‘was a sort of stand-off between Moscow and the E.U.’ over which of Cyprus’ benefactors would benefit most.  But Vladimir Putin has decided to back the deal, despite disgruntled rhetoric from some officials, and Anders Aslund argues that ‘Cyprus is Russia’s only true friend in the global arena’.  As part of the deal, which will impose a levy on major deposits held in Cypriot banks (affecting rich Russians who have bank accounts there), Russia will restructure the €2.5 billion loan it extended to the country two years ago.  Gazprom has reiterated that it will not give any ground in its price dispute with Ukraine.  Bloomberg has a breakdown of some of the deals brokered between Russia and China during President Xi Jinping’s trip, including doubling imports from Rosneft, and China National Petroleum Corp joining Rosneft in exploring offshore Arctic areas for oil.
Organisers of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are reportedly storing snow in case of a lack next February.  Vladimir Zhirinovsky has been re-elected leader of the Liberal Democratic Party to continue a role already spanning over two decades.  Over69,000 new cases of HIV were registered in Russia last year.
PHOTO: In this Wednesday, March, 10, 2010 file photo, self-exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky leaves the High Court in London after winning his libel case against a Russian broadcaster that accused him of masterminding the murder of a former Russian agent in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)


The Guardian

The Berezovksy Era
London Review of Books (subscription) (blog)
One of the Kremlin's many tricks in the late 1990s was to use the nationalist demagogue Vladimir Zhirinovsky as a potential (and puppet) fascist threat to frighten both Russians and Western observers into the arms of the Kremlin's party. Zhirinovsky ...
Boris Berezovsky and the dangers of being a Russian exile in the UKThe Guardian
Russian tycoon Berezovsky found dead; police investigation under wayGlobe and Mail
Berezovsky 'was hanged': Initial post-mortem says there was no sign of a...Daily Mail
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Член Совета Федерации Федерального Собрания Российской Федерации, выдвиженец партии "Единая Россия" сенатор Авихур Бен Бар полчаса назад сложил свои полномочия . Спасибо большое всем, кто помогал нам с этим делом: информацией, переводами, распространением и просто добрым словом. ...


A Clearer View of the Space Bullet That Grazed Russia

Crowd-sourced video, information from Google Earth and data from nuclear test-ban sensors provided information about a small asteroid that exploded last month near Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Scientists now have a more accurate picture of the small asteroid that exploded near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk last month.


For Homesick Russian Tycoon, Instant of Ruin Came in Court

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Boris A. Berezovsky, center, in London last August after he lost a $5.1 billion lawsuit against a former associate. Facing millions in legal bills, he began to divest himself of the assets he had acquired so proudly.