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Boris Berezovsky’s body taken for post-mortem

London, Mar 26 (): Boris Berezovsky, a self-exiled and outspoken Russian tycoon who had an unpleasant fallout with Russian President Vladimir Putin, was found dead in his home in south-east England on Saturday. The Russian businessman had resided since 2000 in the UK, where he died on Saturday at the age of 67.

Police said the body of Berezovsky was found by an employee on Saturday afternoon on the floor of a locked bathroom at the house where he was living in Ascot, an upscale London suburb.

The man, who had not seen his boss since 10.30 p.m. the previous night, forced open the bathroom door and found him on the floor. Mr. Berezovsky was declared dead at the scene by a paramedic.

British police on Sunday ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of Boris Berezovsky’s death. The body of Boris Berezovsky has been removed from his Berkshire mansion and post-mortem examination was carried out by a Home Office pathologist. The post-mortem began at 1 pm on Monday and the results were expected later in the evening. The results will determine the cause of the 67-year-old, a police spokesman said.

Thames Valley Police said no evidence has been found if anyone else was involved in the death of Berezovsky, but there has been widespread speculation over what happened to him. On Sunday afternoon, the police said they had found no evidence “to suggest third-party involvement”. A leading newspaper quoted a friend of Berezovsky as saying that a scarf had been found near his body speculating that he had been choked.

A few weeks before his death, Mr Berezovsky had apparently handwritten a personal letter to Vladimir Putin, whom he helped 14 years ago to become president of Russia and who kicked him out of Russia immediately afterwards.

Berezovsky’s fame as a critic of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, and his repeated expressions of fear of assassination attempts fuelled speculation that he may have been targeted.

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