The circumstances of his death were unclear, though there were unconfirmed claims that the former power-broker of Russian politics had killed himself at the property in Ascot.
In an interview with Forbes Russia magazine on the eve of his death, Berezovsky said he had lost “meaning” from his life and wanted to return to Russia. He said he had “underestimated how important” Russia was to him, and he felt uncomfortable as an immigrant in Britain.
Berezovsky is believed to have written to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, recently to float the idea of going back to his homeland. If he did, he said, he had no interest in engaging in politics and would focus on science.
Last year, Berezovsky lost a high-profile civil court case against another Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich. The case, the largest civil court case in British history, reportedly put Berezovsky in a bad spot, as it had damaged his reputation and hurt him financially. At the time of the ruling, the judge said this about Berezovsky: "I found Mr Berezovsky an unimpressive, and inherently unreliable, witness, who regarded truth as a transitory, flexible concept, which could be moulded to suit his current purposes."
March 24, 2013 // 9:41 // 1 year ago