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Chechen rebels could have an atomic bomb, Boris Berezovsky, Russian tycoon currently living in self-imposed exile in Great Britain, told the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily on the phone. Russian security officials refused to comment on Berezovsky’s statement.
Komsomolskaya Pravda correspondents got in touch with the controversial tycoon and harsh critic of Vladimir Putin, asking him to comment on the Chechen rebels’ call for a cease-fire issued last week. Berezovsky denied allegations that it was he who had originally come up with the cease-fire initiative.
“I am truly flattered, I have been away from Chechnya and Russia for five years now and I am still believed to be in charge of all the comings and goings there. No, it was not me,” Berezovsky said.
Berezovsky is convinced that Vladimir Putin should accept the invitation of the separatist leaders and launch peace talks with them. “Or else, he will have to face the Hague tribunal, along with Milosevic,” Berezovsky said.
He also lashed out at Western leaders, effectively accusing them of double standards as regards to Chechnya. “The West pities Maskhadov, and at the same time flirts with Putin. But when things go really bad in Chechnya the West will gladly bring in their peacekeeping troops there. For Russia that would be a resounding defeat… Russia will not only lose Chechnya — it will lose its independence.”
Basayev and Maskhadov have remained invincible for a decade, Berezovsky said. Moreover, lately they have come into possession of an atomic bomb. “It is a small portable device which had not been used until now for only one reason: because some necessary element was missing,” he said citing what he referred to as “credible sources”.
Russian security officials refused to comment on Berezovsky’s allegations. “We do not believe it necessary to comment on statements, especially nonsensical ones, made by people placed on international wanted list,” a security official told Komsomolskaya Pravda.
What was especially intriguing about these new charges was the plethora of reports suggesting that they were true. Strana.ru, the Kremlin-connected website, quoted "informed sources close to law enforcement agencies" as saying that when Berezovsky was deputy secretary of the Kremlin's Security Council in 1997, he had urged the Chechen rebel field commanders to start trading in kidnap victims and had used ransom payments as means to finance them. According to the website, the FSB had tapes of conversations to this effect between Berezovsky and top Chechen rebel officials. For his part, Berezovsky did not deny that in his official capacity he had been in contact with many of the Chechen rebel leaders, including Aslan Maskhadov and Shamil Basaev. He even confirmed he had handed over US$2 million to Basaev for the repair of a cement factory. But Berezovsky denied any wrongdoing, noting that then President Boris Yeltsin's administration had signed a peace agreement with Maskhadov's government, in which Basaev then served as prime minister. Berezovsky also insisted he had played a key role in freeing hostages in Chechnya, including twenty-one captured OMON special police troops.
Originally posted by stumason
I have found this. I am trying to verify the authenticity of the article:
Chechen rebels could have an atomic bomb, Boris Berezovsky, Russian tycoon currently living in self-imposed exile in Great Britain, told the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily on the phone. Russian security officials refused to comment on Berezovsky’s statement....
If true, this is exactly the nuclear weapon that requires a Polonium-Berillium trigger....
Originally posted by stumason
Well, it appears that Berezovsky has very public links to Chechens.
As for the rest of your post, largely in agreement.
So, what are your thoughts on a possible Chechen suitcase nuke? Po-210 is needed for those devices.
Could it be possible that the men had obtained the Po-210 for the trigger for one of these devices, as they do need changing every few months as the Po-210 decays.
Berezovsky has the financial clout to purchase what he likes.
He has openly admitted himself to having links to Chechens.
He courts Chechen rebels on a regular basis.
It's pretty hard to deny he has links to them.
I believe it was an assassination, and no accident or suicide. Who could be behind such an assassination? Many say Putin did it, because Berezovsky and Litvinenko are enemies of Putin. And Putin have access to this rare and expensive Polonium.
Who was the target? Litvinenko? I believe Berezovsky was the main target. If not for the assassination itself, it would certainly cause problems for him. He is in the spotlight now. Lots of people and media are digging up stuff about him and his Chechen friends. Berezovsky is no angel, he would rather prefer they didn't snoop too much into his business.
Berezovsky has other enemies than Putin. Enemies who might (also) have access to suitcase nukes. There's Mogilevich. Maybe he arranged this attack against Berezovsky, with or without the help and backing by Putin/FSB? Or maybe his group was hired by someone to carry out this job?
Litvinenko once saved Berezovsky's life. I don't believe Berezovsky would harm Litvinenko in any way. He would never pull off a circus like this just to try to blame Putin for it. Why use polonium? Who is Scaramella? Polonium was used to cause a certain effect regarding media's attention. The blame game. There are so many elements in this case. Some of these elements are obviously distractions planted in order to confuse and hide/twist facts. I hope we find out what's true and what's not.
Originally posted by stumason
Something happened there that caused them all to be infected, probably a mistake in handling.
This was never meant to be public, as this would expose the third party and whatever scheme they had for the Po-210.