Moscow receives official confirmation of Berezovsky's death from UK

Moscow has received confirmation of businessman Boris Berezovsky's death from the United Kingdom, and court bailiffs will start work in the near future to identify his legal successors to recover his debts, the Federal Court Bailiff Service told Interfax.

"A copy of a provisional document confirming Berezovsky's death has come from the Russian Embassy to the United Kingdom," the service said.

"A court bailiff has forwarded an inquiry to the Moscow City Notary Chamber on opening an inheritance case in relation to Berezovsky," it said.

A court bailiff ruled on May 13, 2013 to freeze assets belonging to Berezovsky on Russian territory, it said.

Among the assets are stakes in IDS Borjomi, Aqua Logistica, Borjomi Mineral Waters, Edelweiss L, Aqua-Star, Lipetskkurortresurs, and also real estate items registered as belonging to Edelweiss L, Aqua-Star, and Lipetskkurortresurs.

A writ dated August 22, 2013 also froze Berezovsky's securities.

Meanwhile, Berezovsky's name has still not been deleted from the Interpol database of internationally wanted individuals.

Berezovsky emigrated to Britain from Russia in 2000. The businessman was accused of numerous crimes in Russia and was sentenced to jail time in absentia.

It was reported on March 23, 2013 that Berezovsky, 67, had been found dead in his house in Ascot, Berkshire County. An employee from the businessman's housekeeping staff discovered his body on the floor of a bathroom locked from the inside.

Scotland Yard released official autopsy results on March 26, 2013, saying that experts had not found any signs of violent death, and all evidence pointed to the likelihood of the businessman having hanged himself.

The report said Berezovsky had a band of cloth around his neck, and an identical piece of cloth was found on the shower curtain rod in the bathroom where his body was discovered.

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