Berezovsky buried in England

Boris Berezovsky file photo

(Interfax – LONDON/MOSCOW, May 8, 2013) Russian business tycoon Boris Berezovsky was buried Brookwood cemetery, Surrey, in Great Britain, a source close to the businessman told Interfax on Wednesday.

“The burial service was conducted in the family circle, while the burial ceremony itself was attended by 50 to 70 people – the family and friends of the late oligarch,” the source said.

All the proceedings were fully closed to outsiders and to the media. The British police guarded the territory of the cemetery.

“The ceremony took place calmly, in a low-key atmosphere. A cross was put at the scene. The ceremony began with a delay and was relatively short,” the source said.

The ceremony was attended by Chechen separatist emissary Akhmed Zakayev, Alexander Litvinenko’s widow Marina, the leader of Speak Louder public movement Andrei Sidelnikov and others, the source added.

Berezovsky died in his house in Ascot, Berkshire, on March 23. A bodyguard found him dead on the floor of the bathroom, which was locked from the inside.

Scotland Yard said a post mortem had shown no sign of a violent struggle and that there was every indication that Berezovsky had hanged himself.

Boris Berezovsky born in Moscow on January 23, 1946, had lived in exile in Great Britain since 2000. In Russia he was charged with numerous offenses and sentenced to a prison term in absentia.