What/who killed Russian oligarch?

What/who killed Russian oligarch?

There are 219 comments on the CNN story from Mar 24, 2013, titled What/who killed Russian oligarch?. In it, CNN reports that:

Boris Berezovsky began his working life as a math professor, and then a systems analyst, before switching to more lucrative jobs, according to CNN's Jill Dougherty.

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#1 Mar 24, 2013
(CNN)-- He was a powerful Russian businessman whose falling-out with his government left him self-exiled in England.

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

Now, Boris Berezovsky himself is dead.

Police scouring the scene Sunday have found no sign so far of "third party involvement," a detective said.

But details surrounding Berezovsky's death remain a mystery. Police say they haven't determined the cause.

After a paramedic's radiation detector went off at the scene, investigators declared the area "safe and clear to work in," the Thames Valley Police said in a statement Sunday.

They did not specify what they believe triggered the alert, but emergency officials from the South Central Ambulance Service said the device, which is a regular part of paramedics' kits, can register false alarms.

As forensic investigators combed the scene Sunday, Berezovsky's body was still inside his house. On Saturday, a bodyguard told police he found Berezovsky lying on the bathroom floor.

Speculation over the tycoon's cause of death ran the gamut from suicide to heart attack.

Some pointed to his declining fortune as a possible clue. Last year Berezovksy lost what has been called one of the most expensive private lawsuits in history.

"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.

"It would be wrong to speculate on the cause of death until the post mortem has been carried out," Kevin Brown, the deputy senior investigating officer in the case, said in a statement.

"The investigation team are building a picture of the last days of Mr. Berezovsky's life," he said, "speaking to close friends and family to gain a better understanding of his state of mind."

A Putin foe

Berezovsky, a staunch critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, accused the Kremlin of causing the 2006 death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with the radioactive substance polonium-210.

Like Berezovsky, Litvinenko had fled to England.

In a deathbed statement, Litvinenko blamed Putin, an accusation the Kremlin strongly denied.

The British government has evidence Russia was involved in Litvinenko's death, a British lawyer said in December. Russia did not immediately comment on the claims of evidence of its involvement in Litvinenko's death.

For years, Berezovsky bankrolled the effort of Litvinenko's widow to push for an inquest into her husband's death.

Berezovsky later sued a Russian broadcaster for libel after it claimed in a report that he was behind the death of Litvinenko.

He won the claim against All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, and the High Court in London awarded him 150,000 pounds ($223,400) in damages.

From math professor to oligarch

Berezovsky began his working life as a math professor and then became a systems analyst who switched to more lucrative jobs in post-Soviet Russia, said CNN's Jill Dougherty, who interviewed him many times.

Berezovsky went on to sell cars "at a time when that was a luxury," she said.

"There were a lot of people who wanted to buy them, and he parlayed that -- as so many of these oligarchs did -- into something much, much bigger."

While Berezovsky made a good portion of his money from luxury car sales, his wealth and political influence skyrocketed when he bought into Russian media.

He invested in the Moscow Independent Broadcasting Corp., which -- with TBS as a partner -- founded Moscow's first independent television station, TV-6.

Under President Boris Yeltsin, the Russian Federation's first president from 1991 to 1999, "there were really no rules governing anything," Dougherty said.

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#2 Mar 24, 2013
How TF pathetic is believe, that in Britain someone of importance would beaccepted, protected or on a same level as Brit?
Very!
The Iron Dictator

Podgorica, Montenegro

#3 Mar 24, 2013
Atasas...what Nationality are you?
And do you think Rusisans are better then Polaks?

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#4 Mar 24, 2013
The Iron Dictator wrote:
Atasas...what Nationality are you?
And do you think Rusisans are better then Polaks?
1- never mind!
2-... tough choice, but- yes!
The Iron Dictator

Podgorica, Montenegro

#5 Mar 24, 2013
Atasas wrote:
<quoted text>
1- never mind!
2-... tough choice, but- yes!
You must be Jewish.
You sound as one!!

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#8 Mar 25, 2013
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21914864

Boris Berezovsky death:'No evidence of third-party involvement'

Earlier, the Russian tycoon's house in Berkshire was given the all-clear after it was searched by police for chemical, biological and nuclear material.

Thames Police said Mr Berezovsky, 67, was found by an employee dead on his bathroom floor on Saturday afternoon. The door was locked from the inside.

n 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.

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#9 Mar 25, 2013
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/24/b...

Boris Berezovsky death: no evidence of 'third-party involvement', say police

Berezovsky is believed to have written to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, recently to float the idea of going back to his homeland. If he did, he said, he had no interest in engaging in politics and would focus on science.

His death comes only months after he lost a high-profile and personally disastrous court case against his fellow Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. He had accused the Chelsea football club owner of blackmail, breach of trust and breach of contract in relation to a Russian oil company.

After the claims were dismissed, he was ordered by the high court to pay £35m of Abramovich's legal costs. His financial difficulties were exacerbated after his former mistress, Elena Gorbunova, 43, claimed Berezovsky owed her £5m in compensation over the sale of their £25m residence in Surrey.

Berezovsky is said by friends to have become deeply depressed last year, not just because he lost to Abramovich, but because the damning judgment at the end of the case had so badly damaged his reputation.

The businessman thought highly of the British legal system – explaining in an interview with the Guardian six years ago that it had been one of the reasons he settled in the UK – and is said to have been distraught that the judge, Mrs Justice Gloster, described him as "dishonest", "unreliable" and "deluded".

One close friend said Berezovsky had taken antidepressants last year and had checked into the Priory clinic for a brief period about four months ago while being treated for depression, adding: "He was very, very low. He talked about suicide. He would say to me:'It's all over, it's all finished, there's no point in anything – the best thing that could happen to me is that I have a heart attack.'

Following the loss of his fortune, Berezovsky was said to have been concerned about his ability to support his children. He had six children by three women: his two ex-wives and Gorbunova. While two of his children are in their 40s, two are in their 20s and his youngest are aged 12 and 10. The businessmen had been mired in a series of legal disputes, and is said to have been worn down by his long battles with the Russian state, during which there were reports that he had faced a number of assassination plots.

One Russian lawyer, Alexander Dobrovinsky, said Berezovsky "was in a dreadful, horrendous state; covered in debt, almost broke".

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#10 Mar 25, 2013
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/boris-be...

Boris Berezovsky's last interview before his death

Boris Berezovsky told of his regret at not returning to Russia in an interview on the eve of his death.

The Russian tycoon , who was found dead at his home in Berkshire yesterday , met with Ilya Zhegulev on Friday evening.

He told the journalist from Forbes Russia magazine how his view of the West had changed, he had struggled with life in the UK and he wished he had never left London.

He is quoted as saying: "There is nothing I would like more than to return to Russia. I did not realise Russia meant so much to me I could not live as an emigrant.

"I have changed many assessments - of myself among them.

"It regards what Russia is and what the West is.

"Idealistically I absolutely stand for the construction of a democratic Russia. And idealistically stand for what democracy is in central Europe.

"I underestimated Russia's inertia and strongly overestimated the West.

"It happened gradually. I changed my idea of Russia's path.

"I shouldn't have left Russia."

A wanted man in his home country, Berezovsky was asked whether he would rather be in jail like Mikhail Khodorkhovsky, another opponent of President Vladimir Putin.

He replied: "Now, looking back on my life during my years in London... I don't have an answer for that at the moment.

"It doesn't mean I have lost myself. I have lived through far more reappraisals, disappointments. Khodorkhovsky fewer. I've lost meaning. The point in life.

"I don't want to be involved in politics any more.

"I don't know what to do next. I'm 67 and I don't know what to do any more."

Berezovsky, a former maths professor, went on to discuss his wish to return to science and would be happy to do it in Russia.

But Zhegulev felt Berezovsky did not believe a return to Russia or to science would actually happen.

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#11 Mar 25, 2013
Wasn't he supposed to testify at that Litvinenko inquest next month??

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#12 Mar 25, 2013
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/03/l...

Litvinenko widow appeals for legal funds after Berezovsky backing runs out
Dec 3, 2012
Pilsudsky is Polish kurwa

Podolsk, Russia

#13 Mar 25, 2013
Don`t watch CNN.
If you want to know the truth watch RT.

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#14 Mar 25, 2013
http://rt.com/news/berezovsky-death-police-in...

RIA Novosti cited a source close to Berezovsky, claiming he had died of a heart attack, having recently undergone treatment for various health problems in Israel.

Berezovsky’s last known interview to Forbes magazine revealed just how distraught the former billionaire was. He was avoiding talking about business and politics, instead feeling very nostalgic about returning home to Russia. He claimed he had

In what many believe to be a desperate bid to escape total bankruptcy Berezovsky accused Abramovich of blackmail and breaches of trust and contract in a dispute over the ownership of the profitable oil company Sibneft. He ended up losing the US$5.6-billion court battle, on top of which he was ordered to pay Abramovich’s $56 million in legal costs.

This is widely believed to be the final straw on the way to depression. His son-in-law reportedly backed the claim, further noting that he failed to keep in touch with friends and acquaintances, and often chose to stay at home rather than go out.

Considering the possibility that Berezovsky had committed suicide, Journalist Ben Aris, who has been interviewing him on and off for 15 years, believes that on top of all his other troubles

"he was finding it very difficult to adapt business-wise to working out of Russia. British banks, finding out that it was his money they were holding, would often close [his accounts] and cancel him. The whole model of being connected and pulling strings inside the Kremlin in order to make money just doesn't work in London...so his business was sliding backward slowly...he just gave up his office since he had this court order slapped,[which] froze $200 million of his money. So the suicide speculation makes sense as, clearly, it wasn't going well." Berezovsky made headlines earlier this week, after news broke that the tycoon was auctioning off an Andy Warhol portrait of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin.

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#15 Mar 25, 2013
"What/who killed Russian oligarch?"

Do not I,m.:(

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#16 Mar 25, 2013
Leonid-Rostow wrote:
"What/who killed Russian oligarch?"
Do not I,m.:(
I was wondering where you were!
Hi!:)

Boris killed himself or had a heart attack. He was alone in a locked bathroom.

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#17 Mar 26, 2013
-sunshine wrote:
<quoted text>I was wondering where you were!
Hi!:)
Boris killed himself or had a heart attack. He was alone in a locked bathroom.
Hi, free time is minimum, sorry.:-( Borja Berez was is bad man.
Tex Rogers

Calgary, Canada

#18 Mar 26, 2013
Either he died of self inflicted auto - erotic self strangulation, and suffoocation or the FSB or MI5 drugged Boris and hung him on a bath hook with a belt around his neck, as his contracyt was terminated, without notice. The help: Only other person in the house was the butler..... Sir Arthur Conan Doyle always says in his English crime novels..... the butler did it.
Canadians are retards

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#19 Mar 26, 2013
Your Jewish bro is dead Amicus.
Tex Rogers

Calgary, Canada

#20 Mar 26, 2013
Smells like the FSB and/or MI5 pulling the plug on Boris Berezowsky, as he had no further political use for UK or Russia.I doubt the guy would intentionally hang himself though.Reminds me of all those "political suicides" by leaping out windows in Stalinist East European the 1940s, as the KGB took over. Boris was drugged and hung while unconscious, I would say.Podolsk Russia is a backwater rural swamp , with many slow thinkers, living there so there is no good political anaysis forthcoming from those russki -inbreds in Podolsk !

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#21 Mar 26, 2013
Tex Rogers wrote:
Either he died of self inflicted auto - erotic self strangulation
LOL
This one has my vote for best guess

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#22 Mar 26, 2013
Tex Rogers wrote:
Either he died of self inflicted auto - erotic self strangulation, and suffoocation or the FSB or MI5 drugged Boris and hung him on a bath hook with a belt around his neck, as his contracyt was terminated, without notice. The help: Only other person in the house was the butler..... Sir Arthur Conan Doyle always says in his English crime novels..... the butler did it.
It was a scarf and the bodyguard!

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