Russians “to quit Londongrad” if Putin loses March election
Russian oligarch: Boris Berezovsky
Wealthy exiles will quit ‘Londongrad’ en masse and return to Moscow if Vladimir Putin loses the presidential election in March, it is claimed.
‘I will be back to Russia because Putin is not going to be re-elected,’ forecasts leading oligarch Boris Berezovsky, once Russia’s richest man.
Hinting that Britain could lose the rouble fortunes they brought with them, Berezovsky, 65, said: ‘It’s not just me – all those who had to leave are packing and will be back to Russia in spring.’
He predicted that legal cases againsthim in Moscow, which he says are politically inspired, would be droppedunder a new Kremlin regime.
Moscow accuses Britain of shielding Berezovsky from justice – he is locked in a London court battle with Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, seen as close to Putin.
Prime minister Putin is seeking a return to the presidency, but his ratings are down from 70 per cent to 42 per cent in the latest polls. Many analysts see him as favourite, however.
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