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Alex Goldfarb

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Citizenship: Russia

Background

Alexander D. Goldfarb (Alexander (Alex) Goldfarb) was born in 1947 in Odessa. In 1969 he graduated from the Biological Faculty of Moscow State University named after Lomonosov. In 1975 he emigrated to Israel. He received his doctorate in the Israeli Weizmann Institute of Science in 1980. British Broadcasting Corporation BBC News calls Goldfarb known in the past, "the Jewish dissident Andrei Sakharov and a translator," and the newspaper "Moskovsky Komsomolets" - former Sakharov secretary.

From Israel Goldfarb moved to Germany, where from 1980 to 1982 worked at the Max Planck Institute. In 1982 he moved to the United States, became an American citizen. From 1982 to 1991 as an assistant professor doing research at the Faculty of Microbiology at Columbia University. From 1992 he worked in the American Institute of Health Research (The Public Health Research Institute, PHRI).

At the end of the 1980s Goldfarb regularly visited the Soviet Union. He headed the Moscow branch of the Soros Foundation. Since 1995, it maintains a close relationship with Boris Berezovsky. In 2000 he headed founded in the United States Berezovsky Foundation for Civil Liberties (FGS). According to press reports, in the circle of people close to Berezovsky Goldfarb is mainly responsible for relations with the intelligentsia.

In 2000, Goldfarb helped to escape from Russia of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko to cross from Turkey to the UK, where the defector was granted political asylum. According to press reports, Mr Litvinenko, Berezovsky introduced Goldfarb, a former officer with whom cooperated after his dismissal from the FSB.

Goldfarb to cooperate fully with the Chechen separatist emissary Akhmed Zakayev in London. In 2003 he participated in took place in London during the case of Zakayev. He collaborated with the former FSB officer Mikhail Trepashkin, supplied with Berezovsky`s associates information about "lawlessness, things happening in a new Gulag". In 2005, Goldfarb and other employee FGS Yuri Felshtinsky are brought General Prosecutor`s Office for questioning in the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze. Berezovsky accused the representatives of the former Major of the State Security Service of Ukraine Mykola Melnichenko in the falsification of records, which he gave to the investigation.

In July 2006, Goldfarb told reporters that, in accordance with the decision of Berezovsky, will not re-register the Russian representation of FGS, as required by the new law on NGOs (the law was passed to limit the sources of foreign funding for non-governmental organizations operating in the territory of the Russian Federation) . FGS Moscow office was opened in 2001 and during its existence has contributed to various humanitarian programs in Russia and Ukraine about 75 million dollars.

In November 2006, Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned under mysterious circumstances and was hospitalized in a London hospital. In the subsequent period Goldfarb visited Litvinenko in the hospital and in constant communication with the press, which called him a close friend and a representative of the family turncoat. After the death of Litvinenko, who died on November 23, Goldfarb read the press his dying message. According to Goldfarb, this document, in which Litvinenko accused in the assassination attempt on his life Russian President Vladimir Putin, it was dictated by him in the hospital on November 21. Later, on November 28, it was confirmed the authenticity of the document: director Andrei Nekrasov, who was close to Litvinenko in the last days of his life, said the former officer, who felt the approach of death, really dictated a letter to the hospital, and in the presence of a lawyer.