Robert Booth and Luke Harding
March 25, 2013
Detectives investigating the death of exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky have said there is no evidence of any outside involvement after he was found dead at his Berkshire mansion, reportedly with a scarf next to his body.
Berezovsky was discovered by a member of his staff who had not seen his boss for 17 hours until he forced open a bathroom door which was locked from the inside to find the 67-year-old lying dead on the floor.
Thames Valley police said officers were now “building a picture of the last days of Mr Berezovsky’s life, speaking to close friends and family to gain a better understanding of his state of mind”. Berezovsky had been suffering from depression for several months after a shattering high court defeat last year to his former business partner, Roman Abramovich, and amid mounting debts.
Berezovsky’s former wife, Galina, who owns the house and had allowed him to live there, arrived while a paramedic was on the scene and has told friends that a scarf was found next to his body. Nikolai Glushkov, one of Berezovsky’s oldest friends, spoke to her afterwards and said last night: “Boris was strangled. Either he did it himself or with the help of someone. [But] I don’t believe it was suicide. This was not just a normal death.”
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