Russian-Jewish oligarch was hanged, autopsy finds


(JTA) — Boris Berezovsky, a Russian-Jewish oligarch and Kremlin critic, was hanged in his London-area home, a post-mortem examination found.

There was no sign of a violent struggle, the Independent reported, citing Thames Valley Police. Further tests will take several weeks, according to the newspaper.

Berezovsky’s body was found March 24 in the bathroom of his home.

Berezovsky, 67, once the richest man in Russia, fled to Britain about 10 years ago following a falling-out with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid fraud charges that Berezovsky said were politically motivated. The Moscow native, the son of a Jewish father and a mother with Jewish roots, immigrated to Israel in 1993 but later renounced his Israeli passport, according to the Israeli news website Walla.

Berezovsky became a strident and frequent critic of Putin, accusing the leader of ushering in a dictatorship.

He accumulated his wealth in the years following the collapse of Soviet Russia by acquiring local firms, including oil companies and television stations, rising to prominence during the term of Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s. Russian media reported recently that Berezovsky had suffered heavy financial losses.

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