Russian Tycoon's Death Looks Like Hanging

But police will continue probe into Boris Berezovsky's death

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 25, 2013 6:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – A post-mortem examination found that self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky died by hanging, and there was nothing pointing to a violent struggle, British police said. Thames Valley Police said today that further tests, including toxicology examinations, will be carried out. The force did not specify whether the 67-year-old businessman hanged himself, but they have said there was no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved in the death.

Once one of Russia's richest men and a Kremlin powerbroker, Berezovsky fled to Britain in 2001 and claimed political asylum after a bitter falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He became a vocal critic of the Kremlin. In recent years, his fortunes declined with numerous expensive court cases. Last year, Berezovsky lost a huge legal battle against former business partner and fellow Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, which left him with legal bills of at least $53.3 million. Berezovsky's body was found by an employee on the bathroom floor at his upscale England home on Saturday. Click for more.

In this Wednesday, March, 10, 2010 file photo, self-exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky leaves the High Court in London.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
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