UK Radiation Experts Say Berezovsky’s House ‘All Clear’

(RIA Novosti) - Berezovsky’s death was confirmed by Demyan Kudryavtsev, a long-time family friend, who told that Berezovsky had died at 11 a.m. GMT.

The precise cause of his death is not yet known. Initial suggestions that Berezovsky may have committed suicide were quickly quashed by his close associates.

Kudryavtsev told the Prime business news agency that Berezovsky had suffered a heart attack. A source in Berezovsky’s inner circle also cited the same cause of death, adding that Berezovsky had recently received treatment in Israel.

Meanwhile, the British media said Berezovsky’s body had been found by one of his bodyguards, and the South Central Ambulance Service received an emergency call from a property in Ascot, Berkshire, at 15:18 GMT.

British police opened an investigation and is treating Berezovsky’s death as “unexplained” for now.

Experts in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) emergencies conducting a search at the British property where exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky was found dead, gave the scene the all clear, Sky News reported on Sunday.

The CBRN trained officers found "nothing of concern" in the property in Ascot, Berkshire, after the exile was found dead there, the TV channel reported, citing the police.

The UK police are now carrying out an investigation at Berezovsky’s house to find out the circumstances surrounding his death.

Berezovsky was a close friend of another Russian fugitive and former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London in 2006 from poisoning by radioactive polonium-210.