Police: Tycoon died by hanging

March 26, 2013 by  

Police: Tycoon died by hanging, Boris Berezovsky died in London last week. A postmortem examination conducted by the British authorities found that his death was “consistent with hanging,” with press reports suggesting that he appeared to have killed himself (the investigation is not complete). In Russia of the nineteen-nineties, Berezovsky was the one-man powerhouse of national politics, one of the country’s richest tycoons, and the kingmaker behind Vladimir Putin’s ascent to the Presidency in 2001.

Almost as soon as Putin became President, Berezovsky was forced out of the country; he spent the following decade in Britain as a political exile. He and the Kremlin engaged in a fierce standoff, in which Berezovsky was condemned as the number-one enemy of Russia. The Russian government blamed Berezovsky for crimes ranging from money laundering and financial fraud to plans to seize power by force—and sought his extradition. Berezovsky waged his own campaign against Putin and his government. He blamed them for hideous crimes: for one, he claimed that the government was behind the 1999 bombings of apartment buildings that took over three hundred lives.

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