According to the Daily Mail, the autopsy Putin's enemy # 1, dissident businessman Boris Berezovsky, showed that he had died of "injuries consistent with hanging". This was officially recorded in his death certificate.
The newspaper writes:
"On Sunday night, one family friend claimed Berezovsky's body showed "traces of him being strangled around the neck". Nikolay Glushkov, 67, said the tycoon's former wife noticed marks on his neck minutes after he was found dead, adding: "A scarf was there. There were traces of him being strangled around the neck".
It is to be noted that the hanging with traces AROUND the neck and strangling are a completely different concept.
Toxicologists' conclusion about the presence possible traces of immobilizing substances in a corpse that Putin's KGB may have injected into the body of Berezovsky before his ritual execution, in a Stalin's way, by hanging (Gen. Andrei Vlasov and his major companions who fought on the German side during WWII were ritually hanged by Stalin after the war as important traitors, although hanging was absolutely untypical in Communist Russia as a form of execution; they shot people dead there), will ready in a few weeks.
The newspaper continues:
"Another report claimed yesterday that detectives investigating the death did not find a suicide note. Some friends continue to insist Berezovsky was the victim of a professional hit for speaking out against Vladimir Putin's regime.
The mansion in Ascot (see photo here and here) where he was found is understood to be owned by his former wife Galina Besharova, 54 (a couple's old photo taken in 2003 in front of Berezovsky's main villa now on sale).
On Monday night her close friend told the Mail: "Galina is very upset about Boris's death, as are their children. She remained close to Boris after they split up and it was at her house that he died".
In turn, AFP reports that police knew from the very start that the enemy # 1 of Putin was assassinated by killers:
"Police said on March 26 that Berezovsky's family had asked that some details (traces around the neck - KC) of his death not be released until after the post-mortem in order to give them time to speak to his children first.
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph recalls that Berezovsky most of the day was without protection, which was likely used by Putin's KGB killers.
One of the friend of Berezovsky told the newspaper:
"He thought after losing the case against Abramovich and all his money they wouldn't consider him worth killing".
Yuri Dubov, a writer and one of Berezovsky's closest friends, who spoke to the ex-tycoon's bodyguard immediately after the discovery of the body, said that the only remaining bodyguard, who is said to have previously worked in the Mossad, had left the mansion at 10.30 pm on Friday night to do a series of errands of Berezovsky. He returned only at about 03:00 pm on Saturday.
The guard saw Berezovsky's mobile phone with a number of unanswered calls. Finding the bathroom door closed inside, he knocked it (by modern building regulations - and the bathroom in the mansion is definitely upgraded if it was an old one - it is forbidden to build bathrooms closing inside which that can not be opened, and closed from the outside, respectively, through a slot in the lock, spending some time; exterior locks on the bathrooms are not installed, but the guard apparently was in a hurry or he did not know, maybe there was another reason - KC) and found the corpse of Berezovsky laying on the floor, fully clothed. Feeling the pulse, the guard called an ambulance.
Meanwhile, the Thames Valley Police, which are investigating the death of the magnate, briefly reported the main findings of the post mortem service of British Home Office.
"The results of the post-mortem examination, carried out by a Home Office pathologist, have found the cause of death is consistent with hanging. The pathologist has found nothing to indicate a violent struggle", said in a statement.
However, the report does not contain a single word of "suicide". It does not contain a word "murder" as well. Further tests will now be carried out, including toxicology and histology examinations, the results of which are likely to take several weeks, inform the British police.
Department of Monitoring