The Godfather of the Kremlin is dead. I first wrote about Boris Berezovsky in July 2007. He’d been making headlines in Britain and I’d recently finished reading Paul Klebnikov’s book, exposing this Russian gangster-oligarch for the monster he was.
The book, “Godfather of the Kremlin” cost Krebnikov his life. Four years after it was published he was shot nine times as he left his Moscow apartment. A contract killing, almost certainly on the orders of Berezovsky, though it was never proved.
According to official reports, Berezovsky hanged himself. It’s unlikely. His fortunes had certainly taken a turn for the worse but this Israeli/Russian oligarch was not the type to take his own life – unless, of course, he was left with no option.
Assassination attempts had been tried previously, and failed. It’s possible this one didn’t.
Whatever – he’s dead. We can all be thankful for that.
 “Boris Berezovsky died by hanging, police say” BBC, March 25th 2013
NOTE: previous posts on Boris Berezovsky:
1. “A British Stiff Upper Lip – Above A Weak Flabby Chin? Sparrow Chat, July 18th 2007
2. “The Bulldog, Bear, And Boris Berezovsky – An Update” Sparrow Chat, July 19th 2007