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No Toxic Material Found at Berezovsky Site: British Police

Published: March 24, 2013 | 9:01 pm
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(CNA)-British police find no chemical or radioactive materials in home of exiled Russian dissident found dead outside London.

“Police investigating the death of exiled Russian oligarch and Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky have said a search of his house by chemical, biological and nuclear experts found “nothing of concern.”, Aljazeera reports.

“I am pleased to say the CBRN [chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear] officers found nothing of concern in the property and we are now progressing the investigation as normal,” said superintendent Simon Bowden of Surrey Police, the upmarket area outside London where Berezovsky’s body was found at his mansion on Saturday.

His lawyer said the 67-year-old had been depressed over his debts and it was likely suicide, but police have cordoned off the mansion and surrounding streets as they investigate a death they are describing as “unexplained”.

Berezovsky was friends with another Russian exile and Kremlin critic, Alexander Litvinenko, who died of radioactive poisoning in London in 2006. His widow blames the Russian state.

Berezovsky settled in Britain more than a decade.

On Saturday, following the news of his death, a spokesperson for Russian President Putin said that Berezovsky had asked the president for forgiveness and permission to return to Russia shortly before his death.

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