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

(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.

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Mar 26, 2013 6:27 PM CDT
Looks like a hanging wonder what gave the clue a guy with a rope his neck hanging from a rafter, wow what police work. Maybe is was autoerotic in nature and he didn't release in time like the Kung Fu guy Caridine.
Mar 26, 2013 9:35 AM CDT
"looks like hanging" "post-mortem examination found that Berezovsky died by hanging" "The force did not specify whether (he) hanged himself, but they have said there was no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved in the death." Joining up the dots............... he got rid of the rope after 'hanging himself' in the bathtub
Mar 26, 2013 4:56 AM CDT
Nothing to see here, move along.