Billionaire Berezovsky plans 'Russian revolution'

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Billionaire Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky has said he and others are planning a revolution to overthrow the Russian government.

In an interview with the Guardian Mr Berezovsky, who was granted political asylum in Britain after his exile from Russia, spoke candidly about his opinions on political activism in his native country.

"We need to use force to change this regime. It isn't possible to change this regime through democratic means. There can be no change without force, pressure," he told the newspaper.

When asked if he was effectively working to spark a revolution, he said: "You are absolutely correct."

Although Mr Berezovsky refused to name those he was working alongside, for fear of what may happen to them, he reiterated that he believed democracy could no longer function in the state.

The 61-year-old businessman has been a long time critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin who he believes is slowly destroying democratic mechanisms of political expression in the country.

"There is no chance of regime change through democratic elections," Mr Berezovsky told the newspaper.

"If one part of the political elite disagrees with another part of the political elite - that is the only way in Russia to change the regime. I try to move that," he said, adding that he is also involved in the financial practicalities.

However the Kremlin has hit back at Mr Berezovsky's remarks. Chief spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told the Guardian that the comments were "being treated as a crime".

The spokesman added: "We want to believe that officials in London will never grant asylum to someone who wants to use force to change the regime in Russia."

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