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Berezovsky declares information war on Moscow from Tbilisi2009-09-24 16:44
Since the start of the week Tbilisi has been wondering whether disgraced Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky was in Tbilisi or not. And what did he do there? Finally there are first answers. The Patarkatsishvili family confirmed Boris Abramovich's visit to Badri's grave. There is a version the oligarch plans to support anti-Russian forces in North Caucasus via Imedi.
It was Kakha Dzagania of the Labor party who informed the society on Berezovsky's visit to Tbilisi on September 11. The Interior Ministry immediately contradicted the information on Boris Abramovich's secret visit to the capital and the grave of his friend Badri Patarkatsishvili.
Boris Abramovich was evasive answering the question of the journalists on his stay in Georgia noting that due to obvious reasons he doesn't report on his movements around the world because of omnipresent FSB guys. In his interview with GeorgiaTimes correspondent Berezovsky said "he sees no work opportunities in Georgia for himself". But today's information confirms the opposite.
Firstly the information on Berezovsky's visit to Tbilisi was proved true. Secondly the version Kakha Dzagania suggested to our correspondent on Berezovsky's interest in Imedi (Hope) TV was also confirmed. The TV company used to be owned by Badri Patarkatsishvili. After his mysterious death the media assets of the deceased went to a Joseph Key who is believed a dummy of the authorities by the opposition. Berezovsky stated then he was an heir to half of Patarkatsishvili's fortune and filed a lawsuit.
As for Boris Berezovsky's current visit to the capital of Georgia Patarkatsishvili's family eventually confirmed he really had paid a visit to the grave of Badri, his friend and business partner. As the late businessman's family reports Berezovsky was in Georgia on September 11-12, GHN reports.
"The information presented to the Georgian society on Boris Berezovsky's visit to Georgia is completely opposite to the information the official sources reported. The Patarkatsishvili family considers it necessary to state: we have incontestable evidence of his visit during the night of September 11-12 2009", - the Patarkatsishvili family press service states remarking that Berezovsky's visit was recorded on external surveillance cameras. The Patarkatsishvili family highlights the visit was not pre-coordinated with them.
It's unclear why the authorities need a secret meeting with Boris Berezovsky. Earlier he and Patarkatsishvili were accused of financing the Georgian opposition and preparation of the coup. Boris Abramovich was officially denied a visa to Badri Patarkatsishvili's funeral.
When Berezovsky and his wife came to Tbilisi immediately after the Rose Revolution he was a real trouble for the Georgian political establishment. The Georgian Prosecutor's Office even initiated a criminal case suspecting the border guards that allowed free entry of the person declared internationally wanted by the Russian law-enforcement bodies of negligence.
Then he came under the name of Platon Elenin. But later Moscow-Tbilisi relations grew tense and Boris Abramovich became a frequent guest to Georgia under his own name. He was even interviewed by Badri Patarkatsishvili-owned Imedi when he harshly criticized the Russian leadership and stated he had not lost zest for politics forecasting that Mikheil Saakashvili would make history.