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Exiled Tycoon Funds Russian Opposition Coalition


http://gdb.rferl.org/00DB9CF2-34CE-4D6B-A75C-949ED08C7753_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/00DB9CF2-34CE-4D6B-A75C-949ED08C7753_mw800_mh600.jpg Berezovsky (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) May 31, 2007 -- Exiled Russian tycoon and Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky claimed that he is helping fund Other Russia, an opposition coalition led by former chess champion Garry Kasparov.


In an article published today in the British newspaper "Financial Times," the London-based billionaire said Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "real danger to the West."


But an aide to Kasparov, Denis Belunov, told the BBC today that Other Russia has no ties with Berezovsky.


("Financial Times," BBC, AFP)

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