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UK police: Russian oligarch Berezovsky found dead
AP ^ | March 23, 2013 | AP

Posted on 03/23/2013 1:36:39 PM PDT by John W

LONDON (AP) — Boris Berezovsky, a self-exiled and outspoken former Russian oligarch who had a bitter falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin, was found dead Saturday in southeast England. He was 67.

Thames Valley police said his death was being treated as unexplained. They would not directly identify him, but when asked about him by name they read a statement saying they were investigating the death of a 67-year-old man at a property in Ascot, a town 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of London.

A mathematician-turned-Mercedes dealer, Berezovsky amassed his wealth during Russia's chaotic privatization of state assets in the early 1990s. In return for backing former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, he gained political clout and opportunities to buy state assets at knockdown prices.

But the one-time Kremlin powerbroker fell out with Putin and sought political asylum in Britain in the early 2000s. He has lived in the U.K. ever since.

(Excerpt) Read more at bigstory.ap.org ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Russia; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: borisberezovsky; russia; unitedkingdom; vladputin

1 posted on 03/23/2013 1:36:39 PM PDT by John W
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2 posted on 03/23/2013 1:40:36 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: John W

What are we to make of this?


3 posted on 03/23/2013 1:42:07 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: John W

dont pull on super poots cape


4 posted on 03/23/2013 1:49:14 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: beebuster2000

Check the umbrellahs.


5 posted on 03/23/2013 1:51:28 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: John W

A big bowl of Polonium borscht for lunch?


6 posted on 03/23/2013 2:00:59 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Ruskies are pi**ed over the Cyprus Banking fiasco.


7 posted on 03/23/2013 2:01:54 PM PDT by JustTheTruth
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To: eCSMaster
...and a warning to the Cypriot bankers
8 posted on 03/23/2013 2:03:17 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: spokeshave

Am I the only one jealous of the Russians ability to rub out anyone that irritates them and get away with it?


9 posted on 03/23/2013 2:09:09 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: John W

Did he have any recent “visitors”?


10 posted on 03/23/2013 2:10:16 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: John W

In Russia, Putin leads a cult of personality. Either you support him or you are afraid of him. He doesn’t lead any sort of an idealogical movement. He is just the head thug in a thugocracy.


11 posted on 03/23/2013 2:12:23 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: steve86
What are we to make of this?

He had huge financial problems lately, since he lost a large lawsuit. In essence he was out of money, and with high ongoing expenses.

I don't know if he died on his own or he had help. Many substances are known to man that can induce a heart attack, especially in hot water.

But in last few years he was largely harmless to Putin. He had no money left, and he had very few trusted friends. Within this year Berezovsky would have been forced to downgrade his status. If he died naturally, that would be a major psychological cause.

Berezovsky was not an innocent victim either. He poured tons of gasoline into the Chechen war by financing Chechens and their Saudi (wahhabi) bosses and instructors for the purpose of overthrowing Putin. He wanted to do that because in Yeltsin's time Berezovsky was essentially in command in Kremlin; but Putin kicked him out, hard. Berezovsky's friend, Khodorkovsky, was even imprisoned. Berezovsky realized that either he obeys the new boss or he will have many years of unrestricted communication with Khodorkovsky. So he left the country and worked against Putin from London. He had other options; most other oligarchs accepted Putin as their boss and are doing pretty good these days. It's the Chinese model: you can get filthy rich if you want to, but don't dare getting into politics.

At least that's what one can gather from whatever news and articles are available on the Internet.

12 posted on 03/23/2013 2:19:43 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
" his death was being treated as unexplained...." Slipped in the shower?
13 posted on 03/23/2013 2:24:28 PM PDT by traumer
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To: JimSEA
He is just the head thug in a thugocracy.

Hey, Chicago Mob, Russian Mob, What's the difference ?

14 posted on 03/23/2013 2:46:49 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: txhurl

What do you think of Obammy’s drone death panel?


15 posted on 03/23/2013 3:29:15 PM PDT by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Trotsky ping!


16 posted on 03/23/2013 3:45:57 PM PDT by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: traumer

Cough, cough....those Russians get sick easy.


17 posted on 03/23/2013 4:48:12 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: txhurl

No, your not. Cyprus should be very concerned about a Russian backlash. Screw with the Russians at your own peril - laugh at the Americans all you want.


18 posted on 03/23/2013 6:23:26 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: John W

Hey, he had a little accident.


19 posted on 03/23/2013 6:26:15 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: John W

“He died of natural causes”
“Really? But he was young”
“If someone shoots you in the head, naturally, you die”.


20 posted on 03/23/2013 6:29:08 PM PDT by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: traumer

Probably with Pooty-Poot, he bent over to pick up the soap...


21 posted on 03/23/2013 7:16:03 PM PDT by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks John W.
[snip] a self-exiled and outspoken former Russian oligarch who had a bitter falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin [/snip]
Damn, that's just a weird coincidence.
22 posted on 03/23/2013 8:18:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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