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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Berezovsky:I Will Prove FSB Is Tied to Blasts

Boris Berezovsky, speaking shortly after a court ruled for the liquidation of his TV6 television, said Friday that he was preparing to release evidence that Federal Security Service were behind apartment bombings in 1999 that killed more than 300 people.

"I am currently preparing a package of documents that I will certainly make public to prove that it was the special services that organized the explosions in Moscow and Volgodonsk. And they were preparing another explosion in Ryazan," Berezovsky said in pre-recorded interview broadcast on the Ekho Moskvy radio station.

Berezovsky first said he had knowledge about an FSB connection to the apartment bombings in December.

Berezovsky, a one-time Kremlin insider who has since fallen out of its favor and become an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, insisted that the decision to liquidate TV6 was a political game aimed at shutting down independent media. "The authorities are simply afraid to hear the truth about their crimes and are acting rather logically, by trying to smother all sources of information that contradict their position," he said. "This is not an economic argument between companies, it is pure politics."

Berezovsky said the ruling against TV6 was the latest sign that the Kremlin is following a policy of getting rid of independent television and other media outlets. "This is a follow-up to what happened to ORT. It is a continuation of what happened to NTV. And now it is TV6's turn," he said.

Berezovsky gave up his 49 percent stake in ORT about a year ago after complaining for months that he was under Kremlin pressure to do so. NTV was taken over in April by Gazprom.

In an interview published in Kommersant on Saturday, Berezovsky warned that the Kremlin would clampdown on other free press. "Next in line will be newspapers and magazines. ... There cannot be half-authoritarian power in Russia. If a vertical power structure is under construction, then it could eventually become identical to the one in Stalin's time," Berezovsky said.