Vlad the Impassive has a challenger:
Wanted Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky has gone public with his plans to seize power in Russia by force. The London-based oligarch said in an interview with the Ekho Moskvy radio station Wednesday that he had been working on the coup plan for 18 months. Berezovsky, a notorious critic of Putin’s regime, said he aimed to replace the “anti-constitutional regime” in Russia.
....Today’s regime would never allow a fair election, Berezovsky added, so the only way out is a coup.
“There is only one way out — a coup, a forced seizure of power,” he said.
....“Every day I talk to lots of people who are certain the existing regime should be changed, and see there is no chance of this happening legally, by an election.”
....The businessman is going to fund the coup with his own money, earned by honest labor, he said.
He was also deliberately making his intentions public, he added.
“It is vital that the Russian people realized just talking was not enough, that it is time for action.”
As for personal security, Berezovsky said, he did not feel he was in any danger.
“My security is guaranteed by the state I live in. The UK takes care of all its residents, including the immigrants.”
Thursday, January 26, 2006
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