MOSCOW, March 24 (RIA Novosti) - Experts in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) emergencies conducting a search at the British property where self-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, which is being treated as “unexplained” for now.
Berezovsky’s body was reportedly discovered lying on the floor of a bathroom by an employee, who forced open the door and then called the ambulance service, Sky News said.
“Police say the employee was the only other person in the Ascot home when the body was discovered,” the report said citing a statement released by Thames Valley Police, adding that there is no evidence so far that a "third party" was involved in the death of Berezovsky.
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.
Demyan Kudryavtsev, a long-time family friend, 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.
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.
Updated with details.