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(Guardian)   Home of exiled Russian oligarch and vocal Putin critic swept, and found clean of poisons, nuke material, other toxins after owner is found dead of apparent suicide. Vladimir heard chuckling, "Vhat do you think vhe are zese days - moose and squirrel?"   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 35
    More: Followup, Vladimir Putin, Boris Berezovsky, Russian oligarchs, british law, Boris Yeltsin, Berkshire, Dmitry Peskov, Russian politics  
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2013-03-24 12:20:50 PM
Seems legit
 
2013-03-24 12:21:32 PM
done in one
 
2013-03-24 12:27:56 PM
Now how did all that ricin get in there?
 
2013-03-24 12:28:05 PM
Let's say the Kremlin killed the guy. Who cares?  He was a perfect example of the corruption of Russia. An Oligarch. Basically someone who hoarded wealth that really belonged to the citizens of Russia and used the wealth to buy political power that allowed them to get wealthier on the backs of the Russians.

Im so sad.
 
2013-03-24 12:28:19 PM
I would not cast aspersions on the British legal system but what are the chances that the judge in his dispute with Abramovich was influenced in some nefarious way?   That judgement seems to be the impetus for the rest of his misfortune.  While I don't doubt the integrity of the judge in the case, I don't doubt that Mrs. Justice Gloster has self-preservation instincts and there is no level to which Putin would not stoop to get his way.
 
2013-03-24 12:31:16 PM
Umm...the headline doesn't really make sense.  Boris and Natasha weren't ever really people you'd mistake for a moose and squirrel.  It's basically just saying 'Moose and squirrel' with a Russian accent and then claiming that's the joke.  Just saying there had to be a better way to do it.  'You think is impressive?  Vait till you see vhat happens to moose and squirrel now.'  Something.  I'm just spit-balling here.
 
2013-03-24 12:33:55 PM

Leighton: Let's say the Kremlin killed the guy. Who cares?  He was a perfect example of the corruption of Russia. An Oligarch. Basically someone who hoarded wealth that really belonged to the citizens of Russia and used the wealth to buy political power that allowed them to get wealthier on the backs of the Russians.

Im so sad.


In the rest of the world they're called CEOs.
 
2013-03-24 12:46:42 PM

Leighton: Let's say the Kremlin killed the guy. Who cares?


The US president may be happy to use assassination squads to get rid of inconvenient people, but the civilised world tends to from on such things.
 
2013-03-24 12:49:57 PM
Yuri stopped his heart with his mind
 
2013-03-24 12:54:48 PM
I broke the oligarch.
 
2013-03-24 12:57:21 PM

Gordon Bennett: Leighton: Let's say the Kremlin killed the guy. Who cares?  He was a perfect example of the corruption of Russia. An Oligarch. Basically someone who hoarded wealth that really belonged to the citizens of Russia and used the wealth to buy political power that allowed them to get wealthier on the backs of the Russians.

Im so sad.

In the rest of the world they're called CEOs.


Game, set, match.
 
2013-03-24 01:00:10 PM
Unexplained death... I has it

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2013-03-24 01:05:41 PM
There must be a way to have Putin play the next James Bond villain.
 
2013-03-24 01:08:57 PM

LowbrowDeluxe: Umm...the headline doesn't really make sense.  Boris and Natasha weren't blah blah blah.


The guy's NAME is Boris Berezovsky (very similar to Boris Badenov), thus the joke.

Oldiron_79: Seems legit


Honestly?  Yeah, it does.  Putin's Russia has been leaving signatures to make sure everyone knows they did it for quite a while.  Also TFA builds a pretty compelling picture of the guy's depression.  My bet is he got a reply from Putin saying, "no, we will not be letting you back in the country because you don't have any money to bribe us, also you smell like a butt and like to kiss your own butt," and that was the final straw.
 
2013-03-24 01:09:36 PM
My son and I were discussing this story earlier this morning. Since we both wear tinfoil head gear our guess is
a Hellfire drone strike.
 
2013-03-24 01:10:14 PM

SpdrJay: I broke the oligarch.


We all broke the oligarch.
 
2013-03-24 01:11:24 PM
with properties in London, the home counties

I didn't know what that was: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_counties
 
2013-03-24 01:25:41 PM

LowbrowDeluxe: Umm...the headline doesn't really make sense.  Boris and Natasha weren't ever really people you'd mistake for a moose and squirrel.  It's basically just saying 'Moose and squirrel' with a Russian accent and then claiming that's the joke.  Just saying there had to be a better way to do it.  'You think is impressive?  Vait till you see vhat happens to moose and squirrel now.'  Something.  I'm just spit-balling here.


Wait a minute, Natasha wasn't real?  Say it ain't so!
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2013-03-24 01:32:48 PM

Leighton: Let's say the Kremlin killed the guy. Who cares?  He was a perfect example of the corruption of Russia. An Oligarch. Basically someone who hoarded wealth that really belonged to the citizens of Russia and used the wealth to buy political power that allowed them to get wealthier on the backs of the Russians.

Im so sad.


Da. Stalin was good for Mother Russia.
 
2013-03-24 01:39:46 PM
Anna Chapman may be a person of interest in this event.
 
2013-03-24 01:58:25 PM
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When a plot against the Emperor failed, the plotters were always given a chance to let their families keep their fortunes. Right?
 
2013-03-24 02:20:06 PM

ratman999: [img19.imageshack.us image 320x225]

When a plot against the Emperor failed, the plotters were always given a chance to let their families keep their fortunes. Right?


Your Father did business with Hyman Roth...Your Father respected Hyman Roth...But your Father never trusted Hyman Roth...
 
2013-03-24 03:03:22 PM

Gordon Bennett: Leighton: Let's say the Kremlin killed the guy. Who cares?  He was a perfect example of the corruption of Russia. An Oligarch. Basically someone who hoarded wealth that really belonged to the citizens of Russia and used the wealth to buy political power that allowed them to get wealthier on the backs of the Russians.

Im so sad.

In the rest of the world they're called CEOs.


Yeah-- and if the US president killed a bunch of CEO's in this country, I, too would be crying my ass off.
 
2013-03-24 03:22:19 PM
Moose and Squirrel were the good guys.
 
2013-03-24 03:25:00 PM
Short history
Yeltsin becomes President, crawls into a bottle, invites Siloviki back to Kremlin to suppress rebellious parliament. Unpopular Yeltsin comes form behind to defeat communist leader in Presidential elections, mainly due to support of Berezovsky and other New Russians.
Berezovsky looses battle for Kremlin to other Oligarchs who "help" Putin to becomre President. Berezovsky leaves Russia after prosecutors start suspecting that Oligarchs who hate Putin/Russia may have become rich through unlawful means, unlike Oligarchs who love Putin/Russia
 
2013-03-24 03:39:58 PM
Looks like another suicide - poor guy got despondent and shot himself twice in the back of the head. How he did it with his hands and legs wrapped tightly in duct tape, we may never know.
 
2013-03-24 04:10:08 PM

LewDux: Short history
Yeltsin becomes President, crawls into a bottle, invites Siloviki back to Kremlin to suppress rebellious parliament. Unpopular Yeltsin comes form behind to defeat communist leader in Presidential elections, mainly due to support of Berezovsky and other New Russians.
Berezovsky looses battle for Kremlin to other Oligarchs who "help" Putin to becomre President. Berezovsky leaves Russia after prosecutors start suspecting that Oligarchs who hate Putin/Russia may have become rich through unlawful means, unlike Oligarchs who love Putin/Russia


Russia is like the "old west" of capitalism. It'll take some time for things to even out.
 
2013-03-24 04:12:03 PM

ExtremeFajita: Looks like another suicide - poor guy got despondent and shot himself twice in the back of the head. How he did it with his hands and legs wrapped tightly in duct tape, we may never know.


Maybe like Lionel Twain's wife, he hated himself enough to murder himself to death.
 
2013-03-24 04:33:56 PM
"In Pravda there is no news, in Izvestia there is no truth."

Pravda in Russian means both truth and justice, Izvestia means delivered messages and both were the names of newspapers although Izvestia no longer exists.
 
2013-03-24 04:59:19 PM
Putin looks more like Fearless Leader than Boris Badenov doesn't he?
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/nothing like posting to the wrong thread
 
2013-03-24 07:47:34 PM

Leighton: Let's say the Kremlin killed the guy. Who cares? He was a perfect example of the corruption of Russia. An Oligarch. Basically someone who hoarded wealth that really belonged to the citizens of Russia and used the wealth to buy political power that allowed them to get wealthier on the backs of the Russians.


Given what the oligarchs did to the Russian people when the USSR fell (in collusion with various politicians) they could legitimately be considered enemies of the state. Or at least criminals.
 
2013-03-24 10:28:10 PM
Slight threadjack-

Watched the 60 Minutes piece on Pussy Riot.  I burst out laughing when I heard that the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church called Putin a "miracle from God."

It's a whole new level of delusional thinking from a high church leader.  Yikes.
 
2013-03-25 01:59:27 AM

cloud_van_dame: Leighton: Let's say the Kremlin killed the guy. Who cares? He was a perfect example of the corruption of Russia. An Oligarch. Basically someone who hoarded wealth that really belonged to the citizens of Russia and used the wealth to buy political power that allowed them to get wealthier on the backs of the Russians.

Given what the oligarchs did to the Russian people when the USSR fell (in collusion with various politicians) they could legitimately be considered enemies of the state. Or at least criminals.


Or patriots if they give money to Putin
 
2013-03-25 03:38:03 PM

LewDux: Or patriots if they give money to Putin


Yep. "who you know" vs. rule of law.
 
2013-03-27 10:32:56 AM
Has there been any political opposition to Putin/Medvedev that hasn't ended up dead or in prison? I mean, I've been hearing about former Soviet politics from about 30,000 feet, like in Ukraine, where they put the hot chick in jail on (trumped up?) embezzling charges and poisoned that one prime minister, or in Belarus, where they've basically got a dictator who arrests all of his opponents and rigs elections, or in Bulgaria, where that dude tried to assassinate the opposition leader on stage. Are all the ex-Commie countries basically wild west style shiat holes, where the money runs the country until more money forces them out?
 
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