Billionaire's death in Ascot

The death of the Russian billionaire and oligarch, Boris A Berezovsky, is being investigated by Thames Valley Police. The critic of Putin died at Ascot in Berkshire.

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Boris Berezovsky: Family statement

Boris Berezovsky Credit: PA

The family of Boris Berezovsky’s second wife Galina Besharova have released a tribute to him through Thames Valley Police.

Mr Berezovsky had two children from this marriage, a son and a daughter.

The tribute, which is written by Mr Berezovsky’s daughter Anastasia on behalf of the family, reads: “My father was not the typical parent, nothing about him was ordinary. He has coloured my life in infinite ways, and I know that what he concerned himself most with was making all his children proud.

“His determination and excitement for every aspect of life is something that stands out in even my earliest memories of him and that will always remain deep in my heart.

“There aren't enough words in any language that can somehow express everything that he was and everything he will continue to be. The only word that comes close is extraordinary.”


Police: Russian's death "consistent with hanging"

A post-mortem into the death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, 67, found the cause of death to be "consistent with hanging", Thames Valley Police said tonight.

The results of the post-mortem examination, carried out by a Home Office pathologist, have found the cause of death is consistent with hanging. The pathologist has found nothing to indicate a violent struggle.

Further tests will now be carried out, including toxicology and histology examinations, the results of which are likely to take several weeks.

A forensic examination of the property in Ascot, which is being carried out by Scenes of Crime Officers, will continue for several days and a cordon will remain in place until these have been completed.

– Thames Valley Police Statement

Cordon remains in place outside dead oligarch's home

Thames Valley Police have issued a statement about their investigation into the death of the Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky at his home in Ascot on Saturday 23 March 2013. The lead investigator re-iterated that the police had no evidence of third-party involvement in the tycoon's death.

“Scenes of Crime Officers are carrying out further forensic examinations at the property and these are expected to last several days.

“A cordon will remain in place until this work has been completed, to protect the scene."

“While this important investigative work continues, we are unable to comment on any items found within the property.

“I would like to reiterate that we have no evidence of any third-party involvement at this stage and we will not speculate on the cause of death until the post-mortem examination has been carried out.”

– Det Ch Insp Kevin Brown, Deputy Senior Investigating Officer, Thames Valley Police
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Friends of Russian tycoon believe he took his own life

Thames Valley Police, who are investigating the death of Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, have said they have no evidence of any third party involvement, which suggests they probably think he took his own life.

Yet they say they still want to talk to close friends and they are accutely aware of all the suspicions that have been thrown up as a result of this untimely death.

But it has to be said most friends do seem to think he probably took his own life. They talk about him being a broken man.

There was one quote which said the Russians didn't need to kill him because six months ago he was devastated by the British courts - a reference to his legal defeat to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

It cost him £70 million. And, perhaps more importantly for a proud man, it shredded his reputation.


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Boris Berezovsky's body removed from home

Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky was found dead at the property in Berkshire on Saturday. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The body of Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky has been removed from the mansion where he died ahead of a Home Office post-mortem.

Mr Berezovsky's body was removed from his home in Ascot, Berkshire, overnight, Thames Valley Police said.

Police are continuing their investigation into the 67 year old's unexplained death.

Boris: Further investigations

Special police officers trained in chemical and nucleur contaminants were searching the home in Ascot where Boris Berezovsky was found dead yesterday. The 67 year old tycoon was a wanted man in Russia and fled to England. He had survived previous attempts on his life.

It's thought that in recent times he'd been having financial difficulties running up over £100 million in legal bills since 2011. Neil Connery reports from the scene.

Cordon around Russian's Ascot house

Thames Valley Police said they were investigating the unexplained death of a 67-year-old man.

A spokesman said: "Thames Valley Police have launched an investigation into the death of a 67-year-old man at a property in Ascot, Berkshire.

"His death is currently being treated as unexplained and an inquiry is under way.

"The area around the property has been cordoned off to allow the investigation to take place. The investigation is at a very early stage and more details will be released when available."

A South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We were called at 3.18pm by a caller who was concerned about the welfare of a gentleman at an address in Ascot.

"We sent a number of ambulance officers and an ambulance to the address. The 67-year-old male was confirmed deceased at the scene.

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