Inquest begins into death of Ascot-based Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky

Published: 26 Mar 2014 16:30

THE inquest into the death of Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky - who was found dead at his Ascot home last year - opened today.

Bodyguard Avi Navama told the inquest Mr Berezovsky, 67, was “very depressed” in the months leading up to his death at his Mill Lane home.

He had previously lost a £3 billion claim against Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich - over how profits in the aluminium company Sibneft would be shared - and Mr Navama said Mr Berezovsky told him he was £200m in debt.

Mr Berezovky’s personal assistant, Michael Cotlick, said he had seen a change in Mr Berezovsky’s personality following the High Court case.

Detective Inspector Mark Bissell said Mr Berezovsky - born Platon Elenin - had been found hanged from a shower rail, and concluded there was no third party involvement.

However, in a statement, Berezovsky’s former wife Galina Besharova said her ex-husband did not plan to kill himself, adding she could not believe he would have committed suicide.

The inquest at Windsor Guildhall continues tomorrow.

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