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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.

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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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