Russian President Putin confirmed having twice received the same letter from Boris Berezovsky, once in February and after his death.
In his letters, the self-exiled Russian tycoon owned up to his mistakes and asked the president for forgiveness. Mr. Putin said he had hesitated to answer the message, bearing in mind the legal aspect of this tricky situation.
He also said Russia had no evidence that foreign intelligence might have been involved into the billionaire’s death.
“I don`t know exactly but everything is possible. We, however, do not have any evidence of this”, Putin said.
Russian President Putin has confessed there have been a lot of calls asking him to reveal the contents of the late tycoon Boris Berezovsky’s letters but said he would never share details of personal correspondence.
“These letters were quite personal,” Mr. Putin said, adding he had never been close to the self-exiled Russian billionaire. “We were acquainted, of course, but we’d never been on friendly terms.”
“He turned to me with a request. Some of my colleagues urged me to publish it [the letter]. I thank God I didn’t heed their advice,” the president said during the Q&A session.
Putin said that in his letter Boris Berezovsky confessed he had made many mistakes, did a lot of damage, asked for forgiveness.
The self-exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky was found dead in his home outside London. Chief of the Russian Presidential Administration Sergey Ivanov said the late tycoon Boris Berezovsky did write to President Putin, and the letter was delivered but will not be published.