Boris Berezovsky Dead at 67

    Russian exile Boris Berezovsky, a close friend of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned by Polonium 2-10, speaks to the media in a news conference in London, Wednesday, July 18, 2007. Berezovsky claims he was advised, three weeks ago, by the British police to leave the country if he could, as the police were aware that an assassin had been sent from Russia to kill him. He has since returned to Britain on police advice, after spending a week abroad.

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    Boris Berezovsky, the most prominent of Russia's post-communist oligarchs, was found dead in southeast England Saturday at the age of 67. While the cause of death remains unknown, sources close to the tycoon are pointing to suicide. A close confidant of Berezovsky's told Russian TV he'd grown increasingly agitated in the months before his death. “All he had was debts. He was practically destroyed." Berezovsky rose to prominence in Russia via a relationship with Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s. Having proved his financial skills to Yeltsin, he became one of seven businessmen to oversee the division of the state sector and rapidly became a multibillionaire. By the end of the division, Berezovsky (and others) owned more than half of Russia's GDP. He fled to France and then England after investigations began into corruption charges against him in 2001.

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