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Putin's enemy Berezovsky’s death still unexplained

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Boris Berezovsky

Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky was not killed by chemical or radioactive material, but the death is still treated as unexplained, according to the British police.

News of Berezovsky’s death triggered speculations that he might have been killed like ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died in 2006 after he was poisoned with polonium-210. Besides, Berezovsky had openly accused Russian Vladimir President Putin of personal involvement in the killing. Also, on his deathbed, Litvinenko blamed the president for his death.

67-year-old Berezovsky, who was once one of Russia’s wealthiest men and is considered an enemy by the Kremlin, was found dead Saturday at his home in Ascot, England. He had been living there since 2000, when he left his homeland as President Vladimir Putin’s government was moving to bring criminal charges against him.

Berezovsky was famous for accusing Putin’s government of involvement in the apartment house bombings in Moscow and two other Russian cities that the government blamed on Chechen terrorists and used as a pretext for Russian troops to sweep into Chechnya for the second war there in half a decade, reports ABC News.

Berezovsky had previously said Scotland Yard had warned him about a plot on his life.

Moscow once sought his extradition, but the British refused.

It should be added that Berezovsky was funding Russian opposition groups. In 2007, he claimed he had given as much as $400 million to various organizations over the years.

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