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By Edward Limonov

This article was first published in The eXile on September 18, 2003

On September 11, Great Britain have accorded political asylum to the most notorious refugee from Russia: to Boris Abramovich Berezovsky. I never met him personally. Once, in 1990s, we, members of National-Bolsheviks Party have staged a mass anti-Berezovsky demonstration in front of building of “LogoVaz” — his former headquarters.

In spite of that demonstration, he helped me little bit with money when I was imprisoned by Putin. Then it was a bottle of cognac.

Limonov holding 1943 bottle of cognac, a gift from Berezovsky, after release from prison, 2003

The rumor about him, presenting me with a bottle of cognac of 1943, the year of my birth, is not a rumor, but a very true. That bottle, its neck sealed with a white sealing wax, was presented to my party comrades during ceremony of my 60th birthday at the House of Writers on February 26, 2003. Then, when I was liberated from prison after almost three years, on July 1st, 2003, I ordered to open it at Party Headquarters on 2nd Frunzenskaya and we have drunk it together [see photo] with the bottles of champagne. Everybody, who happened to stay around me, theoretically, we all have drunk Berezovsky’s cognac. In reality, practical non drinking karate-kid, girl named Olga, one of my body-guards, have saved about half the bottle. Later, I have finished that historical bottle together with a King of Russian PR: Stanislav Belkovsky: that very man who by order of Berezovsky have created Putin’s “Edinstvo” Party in 1999 and in 2003 started attack on “YUKOS”.

Why so, why Belkovsky, because he is not anymore a collaborator of Berezovsky? Because it happened that way.

What about cognac? It tasted pretty good. It was dark brown nice liquid, smelling of old oak-made barrel. Belkovsky guarded the bottle as souvenir, ’cause it has an inscription to me from Berezovsky.

Well known that Berezovsky was a powerful figure behind political stage of Russia. He helped to inthroned Yeltsin in 1996 and Putin in 2000. He was most powerful from oligarchs surrounding Kremlin’s throne. Then he was ousted, for reasons we don’t know, but rather because Mr. Putin wanted to liberate himself of all his creditors. Through Paris, Berezovsky vent to London. As he put it: “To Paris (Russians) traveled to relax, but they emigrated to London.” Sounds as Oscar Wilde’s aphorism.

Berezovsky started his political struggle with Putin and his regime in the end of July of 2002. From a public hearings, organized at Moscow’s hotel, Baltchug-Kempinski. Public Commission, formed for investigation of terrorist attacks in Moscow in autumn of 1999, was headed by Sergei Kovalyov. Commission was connected by video-conference to London, where the witnesses: subcolonel Alexander Litvinenko and writer Yuri Felshtinsky have testified. They have known to the commission sensational testimony of Atchemez Gotchiaev, who is wanted by Russian Special Services for organization of terrorist acts in Moscow. But Gotchiaev testified that terrorist acts were organized by FSB, as Litvinenko and Felshtinski were Berezovski’s men. Actually Berezovsky accused Putin’s Federal Service of Security of organizing in the end of 1999 apartment bomb explosions, namely in Moscow, on Kashirsky Shosse, and Gurianova Street, as well as in town of Vogodonsk.

According to the facts, presented by Novaya Gazeta and Kommersant, the same explosion was prepared by FSB to take place in Ryazan, but vigilance of inhabitants and of local militia helped to avoid that explosion. FSB claimed later that it have planned and executed anti-terrorist “utchenia” [exercise].

In 2003 Novaya Gazeta N16 have published a text of video and audio interview of Atchemez Gotchiaev himself. In his interview Gochiaev confirmed that he only rented the premises for warehouses, that he did it by insistence of a man, later to be proved an FSB agent.

Berezovsky declared Putin would be overthrown by the end of 2003

Berezovsky’s goal in investigation of explosions in Moscow and Volgodonsk he expressed himself as following: “We achieved a main goal, what I have named for myself: that is changement of social conscience in Russia. The polls of public opinion have showed: more than 50 percent of people are convinced that those explosions were organized by Secret Services [of Russia]. More than that: the question was formulated in most perverted form: ‘Do you believe in Berezovsky’s version, that it is deed of FSB hands?’ And still, 53 percents have answered: yes, we believe. Counting that my name was pronounced in official polling question together with question, I think in reality more than 70 percent are believing. That was my main goal. I understood, however, that power cannot put herself in prison.”

In that quotation is interesting that Berezovsky is aware of rejection that his name producing amongst some Russians. Archetypical Jew, with a voice of and face of villain of cinema, he is aware of his limitations. But to 53 percent of Russians he is believable, worth to believe. It is a lot in the country where anti-Semite feelings are steel strong.

Most brilliant political move was made by Berezovsky when he proposed his money to Russian Communists. He proposed 100 million dollars to Zuganov to help them topple present government. That proposal is evidence of both: of Machiavellian Berezovsky’s mind and of his broad thinking. Before that step towards Communist opposition Berezovsky was an influential oligarch, schoolbook financial adventurer of Staviski type, seeking to broaden the limits of his influence. But when he proposed his money to Communist Party of Russia, he stepped out of his image of the oligarch, and that of “money bag.” He transgressed the borders of oligarch, he stepped with both feet on territory of politics. In fact he is only one in modern times, who proposed to build up his supposed class enemy.

Unfortunately for them and for Russia, Communist leader Zyuganov and his consorts proved to be an ordinary people without a trace of Berezovsky’s genius. Communists declined those millions, because they have fear that their electorate will turn away from them ’cause of Berezovsky’s help. Exception is only one — editor-in-chief of far-right Zavtra Alexander Prokhanov, who accepted some money from Berezovsky. But not poligraphy, not quality, not circulation of his newspaper didn’t improved after his visit to London.

So, question is: what Prokhanov did with Berezovsky’s money? Stuffed at stocking? Very probably that yes, stuffed. Communist Party of Russia cowardly declined Berezovsky’s money. That is no Lenins amongst them.

Russian power, Mr. Putin and his man feel great menace coming from that man in London. Political menace, because Berezovsky is a “God” who created them all. They feel like a little Frankensteins, who have rebelled against their Creator to whom they are all indebted. Because he awarded them with life. It’s always irritating to be indebted.

I like Berezovsky more and more. Exiled, he looks noble. Berezovsky is a type of anxious, never-satisfied life-eater, of warrior, the person who lives by the energy of conflict. Abroad, in Great Britain, he is forced to exist without conflict, in order to preserve himself from a Russian prison. He wants badly to go out of that golden cage of London, again go to exciting life of conflicts in Russia. He is not interested in money. Money is only fuel to his conflicts.

Congratulations, nevertheless, Boris Abramovich, with your newly acquired status of political refugee! Glory, glory alliluakh!

This article was first published in The eXile on September 18, 2003



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  • 1. Sir Henderson  |  March 24th, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Good old article, but a re-run.

    And NSFWcorp has been offline for some time now. Did the US oligarchs finally get tired and send thugs after you? Or worse, lawyers?

  • 2. Borislav  |  March 24th, 2013 at 4:10 am

    It’s funny how in interviews Limonov constantly notes how he’s got this “perfect grasp on English and French” to uphold his intellectual cred but I haven’t ever seen anyone point to this kind of shit. Why did Exile use to publish him anyway? It’s not like he’s this cool left-wing vozhd. Just a hack with illusions of grandeur, always chasing the latest “radical” fad and somehow managing to be super boring about it.

  • 3. Jeff Albertson  |  March 24th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I really miss the old Exile, especially Limonov, who should be read outloud in Boris Badenov voice. Even Russian creeps are MUCH more interesting than ours, who make Stupid and Evil seem boring by comparison.

  • 4. London Observer  |  March 26th, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Ten year old gibberish = edgy, tough minded incisive reportage blahblahblah?

  • 5. adam  |  March 26th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Obama got reelected, nothing to whine about – yessiree, we progressives love our Obama. Hmm… what to write about…everything’s so perfect now that the dems got reelected…oh here’s Limonov lionizing a fat, rich asshole – put it up, pronto! That ought to keep everyone nice and politically confused for at least a month…maybe we can follow up with some old krazy kevin movie reviews.

    You guys should write a book and call it

    Orbiting the Obamasphere

  • 6. Petkovich  |  March 26th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    and the question is: IS this web site dead or dying?

  • 7. Mike  |  March 27th, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Well, high-class suck-up, Edichka! %)
    By the way, calling “Zavtra” newspaper “far right” is to prove himself totally unable to understand a political climate here in Russia.

  • 8. Szpung  |  March 28th, 2013 at 3:54 am

    He values just money power and young girls. When He lost last capital on Cyprus decided to commit sucide because lost eveything why he lived and whole sence of life.

  • 9. Alex Litvinenko  |  March 29th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Why resurrect any ‘classic’ after a decade? Why continue to troll for money on a dead site? Why not just redirect traffic to NSFW and be done with it? Голодающий пролетариат требует действий!

  • 10. radii  |  March 31st, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    what’s going on Exiled?

    you used to have new articles all the time and now weeks and weeks have gone by … what’s up?

  • 11. Mr. A.  |  April 5th, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Aw, heck, might as well break the maidenhead of this comment field – why don’t you rename NSFWCorp. the eXiled? It’s a better brand, although your crew writes as good as ever – and the fact that Paul Carr gives Dolan money so that he’s able to write at all makes him a saint in my book.

  • 12. rossiya  |  April 5th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Well of course belated Berezovsky backs bolshevism. Bolshevism is nothing more than Zionism. 95% of NKVD were zionists and Lenin issued a decree that anti-semitism was punishable by death. Lenin cashed the check to fund his revolution from the Rothschilds which is on display at the British Museum in London.

    No less than Winston Churchill commented on the real roots of bolshevism: “This movement among the Jews is not new. From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun (Hungary), Rosa Luxembourg (Germany), and Emma Goldman (United States), this world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilisation and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing. It played, as a modern writer, Mrs. Webster, has so ably shown, a definitely recognisable part in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the Nineteenth Century; and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and have become practically the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.”

    I trust Mr. Limonov espouses neo-bolshevism which puts Russia first and Israel near the bottom. For that alone he continues to be my hero. Zionist banksters need to be replaced by a computer program, much as the 90s trading pits were replaced with cloud computers

  • 13. Bored Lyron  |  April 7th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    ‘History will ne’er revile, A fouler grave than this: Here lie the bones of eXile: Stop, traveller, and piss.’


  • 14. ManOfTruth  |  April 8th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Okay, this isn’t exactly on topic but…. Margaret Thatcher died! The bitch is dead! 🙂

    I never fully disliked her until I read Going Postal by Mark Ames.

    Mark Ames did an excellent job of dissecting Reagan’s corpse and now that Thatcher is dead, I dearly hope he will do the same for her! 😀

  • 15. Иосиф Виссарионович  |  April 8th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Вот и все, Эгзайл. Пора, чтобы выключить его.

  • 16. Carolyn  |  April 11th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I love Limonov and I love the eXile. I promise to donate something just as soon as I get paid because this reminded me of my sweet sweet life as an expatella which wasn’t nearly as hideous as you’d think. Also because you guys are wonderful and deserve support for the great work you’re doing now.

    I deeply want an eXile tattoo with the big pink 90’s x. If I send another jpeg of my snapper could someone from the eXile please decide if I’m worthy?

  • 17. Zoner  |  April 25th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    For those of you wondering, the eX-holes have moved to NSFWCorp. It’s only three bucks a month for access. I can understand why that site doesn’t do comments, but sometimes I miss the AEC, and occasionally there were even insightful comments and interesting book recommendations here, especially on the War Nerd articles.

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