On Sunday, police said that experts in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) emergencies are conducting a search at the British property where exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky was found dead. Thames Valley Police said in a statement, “Specially trained officers are currently at the scene, including CBRN trained officers, who are conducting a number of searches as a precaution”. British police opened an investigation after one of his bodyguards found Berezovsky’s body in a bathtub at his property in Ascot, Berkshire, on Saturday. Police cordoned off the area around the property to allow the investigation to take place. Superintendent Stuart Greenfield said, “I’d like to reassure residents that we’re confident there’s no risk to the wider community”. The police are treating Berezovsky’s death as “unexplained” for now, although some of his family friends and close associates earlier claimed that he’d suffered a heart attack. Berezovsky was a close friend of another Russian fugitive and former KGB officer Aleksandr Litvinenko, who died from poisoning by radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006.
24 March 2013