Monday 21 April 2014
News updated at 2:54 PM IST
Weather
Max: 35.5°C
Min : 23.4°C
In Bangalore
Partially cloudy

Russian tycoon Berezovsky found dead in UK home

London, Mar 24, 2013 (PTI)

Boris Berezovsky, a self-exiled Russian tycoon and a staunch critic of President Vladimir Putin, has been found dead in mysterious circumstances in southeast England.

Berezovsky, 67, was found dead yesterday and police are currently treating his death as unexplained.

His body was reportedly found in a bathroom.Police are searching his London-area home for possible chemical, radiological or biological evidence.


"Thames Valley Police's Scenes of Crimes Officers are now carrying out a full and thorough investigation at the property to determine the circumstances surrounding the man's death," police said in a statement.

Speculation over Berezovsky's cause of death ran the gamut from suicide to heart attack.
"Initial suggestions that Berezovsky may have committed suicide were quickly quashed by his close associates," Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti news agency reported.
The agency said a family friend told Russian media that Berezovsky had suffered a heart attack.

Berezovsky emigrated to the UK in 2000 after falling out with Putin.
The business tycoon amassed a fortune in the 1990s after the privatisation of state assets following the collapse of Soviet Communism.

He survived numerous assassination attempts, including a bomb that decapitated his chauffeur.

In 2003 he won political asylum to stay in Britain on the grounds that his life would be in danger in Russia.

The tycoon's wealth is thought to have considerably diminished in recent years, leaving him struggling to pay debts in the wake of costly court cases.

In 2011, Berezovsky reportedly lost more than 100 million pounds in a divorce settlement. And, last year, he lost a 3 billion (USD 4.7 billion) damages claim against Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich.

He had blamed Kremlin for the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy who was poisoned by radioactive material.

Berezovsky was a close friend of Litvinenko, a Russian emigre and former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who died in 2006 after he was poisoned with the radioactive material polonium-210 while drinking tea at a London meeting.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Spanish bullfighter Curro Diaz performs with a Gavira ranch fighting bull during a bullfight ...

Spanish bullfighter Curro Diaz performs with a Gavira ranch fighting bull during a bullfight ...

Dressed for the occasion, Michelle White poses for photographs as she makes her way along ...

Dressed for the occasion, Michelle White poses for photographs as she makes her way along ...

Dressed for the occasion, a dance group from Rolling Meadows High School in Rolling Meadows ...

Dressed for the occasion, a dance group from Rolling Meadows High School in Rolling Meadows ...

Dressed for the occasion, Ella Morton, right, and others pose for photographs along New York's ...

Dressed for the occasion, Ella Morton, right, and others pose for photographs along New York's ...

Trent Morrow of Sydney, Australia, also know as “Marathon Man” laughs as Andrea Olivo ...

Trent Morrow of Sydney, Australia, also know as “Marathon Man” laughs as Andrea Olivo ...

Ron McCracken of Dallas pays his respects at a makeshift memorial honoring to the victims ...

Ron McCracken of Dallas pays his respects at a makeshift memorial honoring to the victims ...

A relative of a passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol prays as she waita for her missing loved ...

A relative of a passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol prays as she waita for her missing loved ...

In this April 12, 2014 photo, a man walks past a building that collapsed due to the heavy ...

In this April 12, 2014 photo, a man walks past a building that collapsed due to the heavy ...

In this April 12, 2014 photo, children play soccer near a colonial building in Havana, Cuba.

In this April 12, 2014 photo, children play soccer near a colonial building in Havana, Cuba.

Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol wait for news on their missing loved ones ...

Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol wait for news on their missing loved ones ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523