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Britain Refuses To Extradite Berezovsky


http://gdb.rferl.org/82a5d61e-5629-46fd-90d6-34605d7b7e06_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/82a5d61e-5629-46fd-90d6-34605d7b7e06_mw800_mh600.jpg Boris Berezovsky (file photo) (epa) June 6, 2006 -- A British judge has rejected a request to extradite the tycoon Boris Berezovsky to Russia, where he faces charges of planning a coup.


The judge said on June 5 that extradition proceedings would be "futile" as Berezovsky has been granted political asylum in Britain.


A former Kremlin insider, Berezovsky fled Russia in 2000 and has become a vociferous critic of President Vladimir Putin.


Britain has rejected previous Russian requests to extradite Berezovsky to face fraud charges.


(Compiled from agency reports)

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