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Russia: Putin says Berezovsky's corpse welcome in Russia00:55

Russia: Putin says Berezovsky's corpse welcome in Russia

Russian Federation, Moscow
April 25, 2013 at 14:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Putin says Berezovsky's corpse welcome in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the family of Boris Berezovsky would be allowed to bring his body to Russia, during a Q&A session in Moscow on Thursday. The president also regarded Berezovsky's request to return to Russia as something that "would require some legal analysis".

Putin said: "I am not even talking about moral factors. It would take consulting the supreme court, the prosecutor general's office."

Fielding questions from a studio and guests, Putin also addressed the rumours of western involvement in Berezovsky's death. "They could do anything, of course. Everything is possible. But we don't have any information that would point this way."

Boris Berezovsky, initially a supporter of Putin, was a well-known Russian oligarch living in London after a self-imposed exile from Russia in 2000. His decision to leave Russia was due to his outspoken activism within Russian politics, that later became vocal critiques of Putin's leadership.

In his absence, Berezovsky was convicted of economical crimes but was never successfully extradited from the UK, causing diplomatic friction between the two states. Berezovsky made his fortune mainly through ownership of the Channel One television agency in Russia.

He was found dead in his residence in Ascot, Berkshire on May 23, 2013.

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Russia: Putin says Berezovsky's corpse welcome in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the family of Boris Berezovsky would be allowed to bring his body to Russia, during a Q&A session in Moscow on Thursday. The president also regarded Berezovsky's request to return to Russia as something that "would require some legal analysis".

Putin said: "I am not even talking about moral factors. It would take consulting the supreme court, the prosecutor general's office."

Fielding questions from a studio and guests, Putin also addressed the rumours of western involvement in Berezovsky's death. "They could do anything, of course. Everything is possible. But we don't have any information that would point this way."

Boris Berezovsky, initially a supporter of Putin, was a well-known Russian oligarch living in London after a self-imposed exile from Russia in 2000. His decision to leave Russia was due to his outspoken activism within Russian politics, that later became vocal critiques of Putin's leadership.

In his absence, Berezovsky was convicted of economical crimes but was never successfully extradited from the UK, causing diplomatic friction between the two states. Berezovsky made his fortune mainly through ownership of the Channel One television agency in Russia.

He was found dead in his residence in Ascot, Berkshire on May 23, 2013.