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Russia urges UK extradition of tycoon charged with plotting coup against Putin

[JURIST] The Russian government Friday renewed its call for the United Kingdom to extradite Russian business billionaire Boris Berezovsky [MosNews profile], who has been charged with plotting a coup against Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website]. The request for extradition followed Berezovsky's latest call for the forceful overthrow of Putin. Berezovsky's comments have strained an already tenuous relationship between England and Russia, which had previously demanded the businessman’s extradition in March 2006 [JURIST report]. All requests have been denied.

The Russian Prosecutor General's investigation of Berezovsky on charges of plotting a coup against Putin in March 2006 was suspended [JURIST report] in January. Berezovsky, who fled to the UK in 2000, obtained political asylum in 2003 and is currently living in London. AFT has more.

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