. He chose the latter. From New York, Berezovsky explained why he missed an appointment with the prosecutor general, who is after him for laundering money through firms in Switzerland. The case is “concocted,” said the airline-media-finance-aluminum tycoon, who went on to criticize President Putin for stifling press freedom, promoting “ethnic war in Chechnya,” seeking “a regime of personal power” and turning “the country over to secret services and bureaucrats.”