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Inquiry into Berezovsky's death to start on Thursday - police

10:28 27/03/2013

MOSCOW, March 26 - RAPSI. The body of self-exiled Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky was officially identified on Tuesday by one of the deceased's relatives, Thames Valley police said.

An official inquiry into the death of 67-year-old Russian national will start in the UK on Thursday, the police said.

Berezovsky's bodyguard found the oligarch lying on the bathroom floor of his Berkshire home on Saturday afternoon. The autopsy has established that the cause of death was consistent with hanging, but no signs of violent death were found, police said late on Monday.

"The results of the post-mortem examination, carried out by a Home Office pathologist, have found the cause of death is consistent with hanging. The pathologist has found nothing to indicate a violent struggle," Thames Valley police said in a statement.

"Further tests will now be carried out, including toxicology and histology examinations, the results of which are likely to take several weeks," the police said.

A Russian court has convicted Berezovsky of fraud, the embezzlement of AvtoVAZ, LOGOVaz and Aeroflot company funds, and money laundering. Berezovsky has been sentenced in absentia to 13 and 6 years in prison. Berezovsky moved to the UK in 2000. In 2003, the UK courts refused to extradite him to Russia at the request of the Prosecutor General's office, while the British government granted him a refugee status.

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Inquiry into Berezovsky's death to start on Thursday - police

10:28 27/03/2013 The body of self-exiled Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky was officially identified on Tuesday by one of the deceased's relatives, Thames Valley police said. An official inquiry into the death of 67-year-old Russian national will start in the UK on Thursday.
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