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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

What Berezovsky Knew




MOSCOW -- Politically-connected tycoon Boris Berezovsky, and Sergei Dubinin, then head of the Central Bank, discussed Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov's resignation three days before Skuratov himself learned of it, the suspended prosecutor was quoted as saying by an Italian newspaper.


In an interview with La Repubblica, Skuratov was quoted as saying he was privy to telephone intercepts of the discussion between Berezovsky and Dubinin. At the time, Skuratov's office was investigating Berezovsky's financial dealings and the Central Bank. He says his resignation was forced by Kremlin insiders scheming against him.


Phone intercepts are a common weapon in political warfare, but it's generally difficult or impossible to confirm their authenticity. After the Federation Council refused to approve Skuratov's Feb. 1 resignation, a videotape showing a man resembling him in bed with two women was aired on government television and he was suspended.