(LONDON) — Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky was found dead in his home outside of London on Saturday morning.
The 67-year-old tycoon was a wanted man in Russia and an opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The news was broken when Berezovsky’s son-in-law, Yegor Shuppe, wrote “Boris Berezovsky is dead,” on his facebook page on Saturday.
According to BBC News, Berezovsky made his fortune in the 1990s by selling imported and Russian-made cars. He later invested in Russia’s main television channel, the national airline and an oil company. While he was once influential in Russian politics, helping in Putin’s rise to power, the BBC report says that Putin was not receptive to Berezovsky’s opinions on how to run the country.
According to BBC News, Berezovsky eventually left Russia for political asylum in the United Kingdom in 2000. He had reportedly previously survived multiple assassination attempts. The circumstances surrounding Berezovsky’s death are unclear.
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