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UK police: Russian tycoon Berezovsky’s death ‘consistent with hanging’


 

LONDON – A post-mortem examination found that self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky died by hanging, and there was nothing pointing to a violent struggle, British police said.

Thames Valley Police said Monday that further tests, including toxicology examinations, will be carried out. The force did not specify whether the 67-year-old businessman hanged himself, but they have said there was no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved in the death.

Once one of Russia’s richest men and a Kremlin powerbroker, Berezovsky fled to Britain in 2001 and claimed political asylum after a bitter falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He became a vocal critic of the Kremlin.

Berezovsky had survived several assassination attempts in Britain and Russia, including a car bomb in 1994 that killed his driver.

Berezovsky’s body was found by an employee on the bathroom floor at his upscale England home on Saturday. The employee called an ambulance after he forced open the bathroom door, which was locked from the inside. Police said the employee was the only person in the house when Berezovsky’s body was discovered.

A forensic examination of Berezovsky’s home will continue for several days, police said Monday.

A mathematician-turned-Mercedes dealer, Berezovsky built up his wealth during Russia’s chaotic privatization of state assets in the 1990s following the breakup of the Soviet Union. In return for backing Russian President Boris Yeltsin, he gained political clout and opportunities to buy state assets like oil and gas at knockdown prices.

Berezovsky helped build Putin’s power base but fell out of favour when the new president moved to curb the ambitions of the oligarchs. The tycoon was charged in Russia with fraud and embezzlement.

Berezovsky later associated himself with ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, another Kremlin critic. Litvinenko died after ingesting polonium in his tea at a London hotel in 2006.

In recent years, Berezovsky’s fortunes declined with numerous expensive court cases.

Last year, Berezovsky lost a huge legal battle against former business partner and fellow Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, which left him with legal bills of at least 35 million pounds ($53.3 million.)

Berezovsky had said that Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea Football Club, cheated him out of his stakes in the oil group Sibneft, arguing that he blackmailed him into selling the stakes vastly beneath their true worth after he fell out of Putin’s favour.

But a judge threw out the case in August, ruling that Berezovsky was a dishonest and unreliable witness, and rejected Berezovsky’s claims that he was threatened by Putin and Alexander Voloshin, a Putin ally, to coerce him to sell his Sibneft stake.

In 2010 Berezovsky also took a hit with his divorce from Galina Besharova, paying a settlement estimated to be as high as 100 million pounds.

 


 
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UK police: Russian tycoon Berezovsky’s death ‘consistent with hanging’

  1. WAS Berezovsky Assassinated? ABSOLUTELY!
    USA CIA Authorized the
    Assassination of Russian Billionaire Defector Berezovsky

    By MI5 in Typical Crude
    MI5/MI6 Style—Ala Dr. David Kelly—in order to “SEND A MESSAGE” to Other Soviet
    and Russian Defectors who Want to Repatriate to Russia!

    Boris Berezovsky made the large
    error of telegraphing his movements and intentions. According to the BBC, March
    24, 2013:

    “In an informal interview with
    journalist Ilya Zhegule on the eve of his death, and published on Forbes’ Russian
    language website Mr Berezovsky reportedly said his life no longer made sense
    and spoke of his desire to return to Russia. ‘There is nothing that I wish more
    today than to return to Russia,’ he is quoted as saying. ‘I had underestimated
    how dear Russia is to me and how little I can stand being an emigre. ‘I have
    changed my opinion on a lot of subjects. I had a very idealistic idea on how to
    build a democratic Russia. And I had an idealistic idea of what democracy is in
    the centre of Europe. ‘I underestimated the inertia of Russia and greatly
    overestimated the West.’ On Saturday a Kremlin spokesman said that Mr
    Berezovsky had recently written to Mr Putin, saying he wanted to go home.”

    Not only would the capitalist
    dictatorship be losing Berezovsky as an anti-Russian, anti-Putin Propaganda TOOL, but KNOW VERY WELL that
    Putin’s price for accepting Berezovsky back would undoubtedly be to reveal all
    he knew about how British ‘Intelligence (MI6 and MI5) and possibly also the CIA
    assassinated the highly expendable Russian FSB agent defector Alexander
    Litvinenko using Polonium 210 and then tried with very little credibility using
    the Big Lie Technique to Blame the Russian Federation and Putin! Litvinenko,
    known for his “previous high credibility,” meaning anti-Russian, anti-Putin
    propaganda, had suddenly become a “loose cannon” to the Americans and UK,
    denouncing the United States and Russia for working together to sell drugs in
    Europe and making
    Litvenenko worth more to them dead than alive!
    Assassinating Berezovsky was done for the reason of preventive elimination of
    what he would subsequently reveal to Putin about the Litvinenko Assassination
    and the fact that he was disillusioned by his life in the UK and “the West”
    despite the fact that he was still a billionaire.

    On July 17, 2003 Dr. David Kelly, a
    British weapons expert was assassinated while taking a walk during his lunch
    break at his home after telling his daughter that he would be “right back!”
    Kelly was identified as “the source for a controversial BBC report on Iraq.”
    Kelly was assassinated two days after making a highly publicized television
    appearance before a Member of Parliament (MP) Committee investigating—NOT the PHONY Weapons
    of Mass Destruction Propaganda—but his “LEAK” to the BBC, which
    allowed the BBC to
    report that the WMD claims were false!! So-called, misnamed “British
    intelligence” MI6 grabbed
    Kelly and completely overpowered him while another agent slit his wrist and
    held him until he lost consciousness and bled to death. MI6 slit Kelly’s left wrist
    from the inside out, which is never done by suicides who do the reverse! Then MI6 bought
    his body and placed it sitting up beneath a tree near his home. But there was NO blood at
    the scene, meaning obviously that Kelly had been murdered elsewhere. Kelly had
    written a report which completely discredited the British government’s False
    Propaganda Campaign of Iraqi “Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)”as being “Sexed
    up, totally invented and wholly fabricated.” Kelly’s crude assassination at the
    hands of MI6 with only a fig leaf denial in the media was deliberately designed
    to send the message of enforcement that this was the price for violating the
    British State Secrets Act. After that the BBC was also completely reorganized
    to eliminate any and all “unreliable elements” who might seek to expose the
    crimes of British imperialism.

    In
    the very same way Boris Berezovsky was murdered elsewhere on his estate
    undoubtedly in his own house, probably by overpowering him in the exact same
    way that Dr. David Kelly was overpowered in such a way that he could not defend
    himself and was then simply murdered by hanging in any one of a variety of ways
    favored by “The Wet Section” of the misnamed, so-called “British intelligence”
    before being brought to his bathroom and the door locked from within which is a
    simple task for MI5 or MI6. But the Russian Federation will do or say virtually
    anything the USA or UK want at this point and are in the process of turning
    over Syria to the USA proxy mercenary Jihadists, by blocking the implementation
    of the 2005 Iran-Syria Mutual Defense Pact and sabotaging the Syrian military
    strategy against the USA proxies, so anything about Berezovsky is of strictly
    minor concern. Russia will never ever produce the letter Berezovsky wrote to
    Putin saying that he wanted to return to Russia because the USA/UK has falsely
    claimed that Berezovsky had committed suicide and had given up all hope of ever
    returning to Russia, which was a Big Lie!

    William H. Depperman, Coordinator

    United Front Against Racism

    And Capitalism-Imperialism

    New York, N.Y. 10003

    Revised March 25, 2013

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