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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Berezovsky: I'm Worth $3Bln

Boris Berezovsky owns stakes in Russian Aluminum, Sibneft and Russian media and has a personal wealth of $3 billion, the former Kremlin insider said in an interview published Monday.

"I estimate that my [Russian] assets are worth $1.5 billion and I have the same worth abroad," Berezovsky told business daily Vedomosti.

Berezovsky lives in self-imposed exile in London and has been a fierce critic of the Kremlin for the past two years. He is a co-founder of the Liberal Russia political party.

He said in the interview that he planned to sink $100 million into the party ahead of parliamentary elections in December 2003.

Sergei Yushenkov, co-chairman of Liberal Russia, said Monday that Berezovsky had long intended to put $100 million into the party. "This is not a very large amount of money, but it should prove enough to get a significant number of seats in the parliament," he said.

He said the $100 million would come from Berezovsky's own pocket, and the party might provide additional funds.

Berezovsky said he owns a stake in oil major Sibneft that brings him tens of millions dollars in profit. He refused to specify the size of the stake.

Sibneft spokesman Alexei Firsov denied the report.

"Berezovsky is not on the list of Sibneft shareholders. He is not involved in financial decisions."

Berezovsky also said he has a large stake in RusAl that allows him to participate in the decision-making process. He said part of the stake is managed by RusAl officials.

"This is nonsense," RusAl spokeswoman Yevgenia Harrison said. "He owns nothing in RusAl and is not involved in making decisions."

Berezovsky said he owns 10 percent of CTC television and fully controls the Kommersant publishing house.

Berezovsky also said he controls "a transparent Western" investment company and a "small" real-estate business in the West.

He added that all his businesses are profitable.