Boris Berezovsky inquest begins

An inquest into the death of the Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky will be held today. A post-mortem has indicated the 67-year-old died from hanging.

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Berezovsky daughter pays tribute to 'inspirational' father

The daughter of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky who was found dead at his UK home has paid tribute to her father saying he was "an inspiration" to her and had a "joy for life".

An inquest heard this week that the 67-year-old was found lying on the floor of the bathroom at his home in Ascot, Berkshire, on March 23 with a ligature around his neck and a cause of death was given as "consistent with hanging".

His daughter, Arina Berezovsky, said in a statement released through Thames Valley Police:

I didn't know my dad very well but what I am sure of is that he really loved his family and that he was always happy around his children and grandchildren.

His life was a turbulent roller-coaster with never-ending ordeals, and I admire the way in which he handled them with utter grace, control and most commendably honesty.

Unfortunately, honesty does not 'cut it' in this corrupt world and is often mistaken for being manipulative; which my dad was not.

He had a certain joy for life, which was beautifully refreshing, and never took anything he had for granted.

His all-consuming determination for justice will be an inspiration to me for the rest of my life and I aspire to one day have half the courage he did when standing up for his beliefs; even if he had to stand alone.

My hopes for him now are that he is at peace and that he is happy.

  1. Lewis Vaughan Jones - ITV News Correspondent

Boris Berezovsky inquest is opened and adjourned

The inquest into the death of Boris Berezovsky has been opened and adjourned. There was a brief account of the circumstances around the discovery of the body.

Boris Berezovsky speaks to the media last year. Credit: ITV News/Widiane Moussa

He was found with material around his neck and also a piece of similar material tied around a shower nearby. There is no evidence of third party involvement. However, investigations are still ongoing, so this possibility cannot be eliminated.

Police are still waiting for toxicology reports and the house where he lived in Ascot remains 'under police control' as searches continue.

Berezovsky's body was formally identified this week by his eldest daughter.


Boris Berezovsky judicial inquiry begins

A judicial inquiry will open in Windsor today into the death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky to establish how he died in his vast mansion.

The 67-year-old was found dead on Saturday in his home in Ascot and Police said his injuries were "consistent with hanging".

"If he really hanged himself why was that not known from the very beginning?" said Andrei Sidelnikov, a friend of Berezovsky.

"I don't believe it was a suicide."

Berezovsky's daughter's 'extraordinary' father tribute

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

Written by Mr Berezovsky’s daughter Anastasia, it read:

“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.

Boris Berezovsky was found dead at his home on Saturday. Credit: Chris Young/PA Wire/Press Association Images

“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.”

A post-mortem found the cause of Mr Berezovsky’s death to be "consistent with hanging".

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