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    British Police: Berezovsky Death 'Consistent With Hanging'

    FILE - Boris Berezovsky
    FILE - Boris Berezovsky
    VOA News
    British police say the death of exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky was "consistent with hanging."

    Berezovsky was found dead in a home west of London Saturday.

    Police had already said no third party was involved in his death and a medical examiner said there was no sign of a violent struggle. Berezovsky left no suicide note and the reason he apparently took his own life is a mystery.

    The 67-year-old Berezovsky made much of his fortune grabbing control of state enterprises after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

    He helped boost Vladimir Putin to the presidency in 2000, but left Russia shortly afterward and secured asylum in Britain after a falling out with Putin.

    Britain refused Russia's constant demands to extradite Berezovsky to face charges of fraud. He survived one assassination attempt and saw his fortune dwindle to pay off debts related to a lawsuit.

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    by: Ben
    March 26, 2013 6:38 AM
    R.Coalson from RFE/RL have discovered the "the real tandem of (hanged) Berezovsky and Putin".Don`t laugh.

    by: Gen. Vladimir Zaytsev KGB from: USSR
    March 25, 2013 10:26 PM
    shame on West to talk about him with disrespect...!!! this guy was an absolute genius of truly exceptional intellectual and creative powers. the West is talking about him with scorn and contempt... but He saved the transition of USSR to Russia from descending into a civil war of catastrophic outcome to the whole world. He alone made the transition from Soviet bureaucratic corruption to efficient market capitalism as smooth as Russian culture could possibly accommodate. Say what you will - He loved his country - for good or ill - his country will bear his imprint for many years to come... and in my humble opinion - far longer than Putin will ever be remembered.

    I drink to you comrade Berezovsky and i mourn your death - Russia need more like you

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