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Boris Berezovsky: Businessman who profited from communism's fall but

Boris Berezovsky was one of the original group of seven oligarchs, the powerful Russian businessmen who had built up considerable financial and political power in the period following the collapse of communism. But Berezovsky had gone from being a friend of President Vladimir Putin to his avowed foe within a few years. Fearing arrest, or worse, in his native country, he had spent the last decade in exile in the UK, from where he continued to criticise the regime.

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I am in Rimini, on the Adriatic Sea in Italy, where I'm on a book tour for 'The Burning Wire'. I can see... the manuscript of my next book, 'Edge'... and out the window... a factory and parking lot.