Boris Berezovsky was born on January 23, 1946 in Moscow, Russia. He was a man of many talents, not just a shrude Businessman. He was a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and was also a great mathematician. His political prowess was also tested when he allied with Boris Yeltsin, followed by helping Vladimir Putin achieve great success.
Shortly after Putin rose to power, Berezovsky lost favor with the new commander and fled Russia. He made London his home, remaining there ever since.
A great deal of speculation has been made about Boris and his wealth, but rather than go into conspiracy theories, lets take a look at some interesting facts about the man that we do in fact know.
Berezovsky’s First Business:
In 1989, Boris started his first entrepreneurial effort, LogoVaz. The companies primary business model was to sell parts to Russia’s famous Volga vehicle, as well as import Mercedes and their parts into Russia.
Berezovsky and Yeltsin:
The two Borises were of approximately the same age and traveled in many of the same social circles. Many credit Berezovsky with Yeltsin’s reelection in 1996. Due to Berezovsky’s prominent role in both of Yeltsin’s elections and their victories, Berezovsky rose to the top of the Oligarchal circles in Russia. Yeltsin also thought very highly of Berezovsky, helping the Oligarch achieve unprecedented wealth.
Berezovsky and Sibneft:
In 1996, Berezovsky persuaded Yeltsin to create the private oil company Sibneft.The company then landed into the hands of Roman Abramovich. Berezovsky was incredibly upset, and began to sue Abramovich in the London courts. Due to lack of evidence, the London courts sided with Abromovich.
Berezovsky and Chechnya:
In the mid 90s, Berezovsky served as the Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council. During this time, Berezovsky was responsible for signing a peace treaty between Russia and the Chechen Republic. Ever since, the disgraced oligarch has been repeatedly accused of ties to Chechen militants.
The first attempt on Berezovsky’s life:
In June of 1994, on Moscow’s Novokuznetskaya Street close to his home, Berezovsky’s car exploded.The car’s driver was killed, while the businessman and his bodyguards were injured. The attempt’s primary suspect suspected was the ringleader of the Orekhovsky gang, Sergey Timofeev, whose own car later exploded. There was a total of 6 attempts made on Berezovsky’s life, the last of which was in 2007 in London. None of the attempts were officially solved.
Berezovsky’s media empire :
Berezovsky was the owner of one of the largest media groups in the country. He controlled Print (Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novye Izvestia), Radio (Our Radio) and Television (ORT and and MIBC now Channel One and TV 6 respectively).
Berezovsky and Vladimir Putin:
Berezovsky took an active part in Vladimir Putin’s 2000 election campaign. Despite the fact that Berezovsky supported Putin’s candidacy as successor to Boris Yeltsin as president, relations with the new head of state from the businessman turned sour very quickly.
Berezovsky and London:
After Berezovsky’s conflict with Vladimir Putin, he moved to London in 2001. The businessman managed to obtain political refugee status, making him a difficult man to reach for Putin and his cronies. While in London, the entrepreneur become one of Putin’s the main critics, recently participating in rallies against falsification of the parliamentary elections of 2011.
Berezovsky’s Plan to Succeed Putin in Russia:
In the mid-2000s, Berezovsky openly admitted that he is preparing to challenge the Russian government. He advocated a change of power in the Russian Federation, but a peaceful one. With Berezovsky’s support, his friend Rybkin was nominated as a candidate for the 2004 presidential elections in Russia. Strangely, on the eve of the election day, Rybkin mysteriously disappeared and was found later in Kiev. To this day it is unknown what exactly happened, but the common concensus is kidnapping coupled with a threat so great as to keep Rybkin quiet to this day.
Berezovsky and Patarkatsishvili:
A long term business partner of Berezovsky was Badri Patarkatsishvili. Patarkatsishvili participated in all key projects with our businessman. After the death of Patarkatsishvili Berezovsky, conducted litigation for inheritance of the deceased and his family but never found any answers.
Berezovsky and Alexander Litvinenko:
The former Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, died as a result of polonium poisoning in London in 2006. Alexander worked extensively in many of the opposition projects headed by Berezovsky against the Kremlin.
Berezovsky and his Criminal Past:
There were a total of 11 criminal cases against Berezovsky. He was accused of money laundering, fraud and planning the murders of politicians. He was likewise acused in participating in the murder of anchorman Vlad Listyev, but evidence was never found.
Berezovsky and Ukraine:
In 2004, Berezovsky actively supported the Ukraine’s Orange Revolution. Afterwards, the oligarch planned to invest Billions of dollars into the Ukrainian economy, but for unknown reasons everything was halted.