Source Pravda.Ru

Berezovsky calls new charges groundless

Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, a onetime Kremlin insider who went intoexile after President Vladimir Putin came to power, on Thursday deniedcharges that he and an associate had stolen thousands of automobiles tohelp build his business empire. "I think it's just absolutely politicallymotivated," Berezovsky said by telephone a day after Deputy ProsecutorGeneral Vladimir Kolesnikov said a criminal case had been opened againstBerezovsky and Badri Patarkatsishvili for allegedly stealing cars worthabout $13 million from the Russian automaker AvtoVAZ in 1994-95.Berezovsky, Patarkatsishvili and others in 1989 set up a company calledLogoVaz, which became the official dealer for AvtoVaz, Russia's largestautomaker. LogoVaz later functioned as the holding company for a range ofBerezovsky investments, including newspapers and television networks.Berezovsky noted he had fled Russia to avoid a criminal investigation intothe alleged embezzlement of hundreds of millions of dollars from thenational airline Aeroflot. He claims that this case is politicallymotivated as well and that the new allegations of car theft are more of thesame, claiming that Russia is not serious about bringing him to trialbecause it has not filed a request with Interpol for his detention andextradition, the Russia Journal reported..

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
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Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
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