Open verdict recorded at Boris Berezovsky inquest

An open verdict into the death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, 67, was recorded by coroner Peter Bedford today.

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Tycoon's ex-wife 'cannot believe' suicide claims

Boris Berezovsky was found dead at his home in March 2013. Credit: John Stillwell /PA Wire

Boris Berezovsky's former wife told an inquest she did not believe the businessman and politician would kill himself.

In a statement, Galina Besharova said she spoke with her ex-husband every day, including the evening before his death.

The pair had been due to speak on March 23, but Mr Berezovsky's phone went to voicemail.She said: "My former husband did not plan to kill himself.

"He knew my children were coming to the house (that weekend). I also cannot believe he would commit suicide," she said.

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Oligarch 'frequently talked about suicide'

Boris Berezovsky talked regularly about suicide and described himself as "the poorest man in the world" before his death, an inquest has heard.

Mr Berezovsky's body guard added, however, that security was "very light" at the Berkshire home where the oligarch was found dead.

Berezovsky 'unprotected' on day of his death

Boris Berezovsky was unprotected by security for "a couple of hours" prior to his death, an inquest into the Russian oligarch's death has heard.

ITV News' Romilly Weeks reports:

Berezovsky a 'broken man' after Abramovich case

Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky was a "broken man" after losing a lengthy court case against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, an inquest has heard.

The loss in the £3 billion claim is thought to have cost Mr Berezovsky £70 million in total.

Berezovsky family questioned over new information

Boris Berezovsky's family has been asked why 'potentially significant' information was only presented to a coroner two days before his inquest was set to resume.

ITV News' Romilly Weeks reports from Windsor Guildhall:

The inquest into Mr Berezovsky's death was opened and quickly adjourned shortly after his death in March last year.

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Boris Berezovsky inquest set to begin

An inquest into the death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky begins this morning in London.

The 67-year-old was found dead from hanging at his Berkshire home in March last year. His ex-girlfriend and daughters are among those expected to give evidence at the two-day hearing.

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