Deceased Russian Jewish oligarch Boris Berezovsky’s former girlfriend on Monday said she did not believe he had committed suicide, as the two of them had been planning to holiday in Israel mere days after the tycoon was found dead in the UK.
AFP quoted Katerina Sabirova as saying that Berezovsky had sounded “better than usual” in their last conversation, one day before his death.
“He was definitely planning to come to Israel on Monday (March 25). I know that for sure,” she reportedly said, promptly producing the air ticket to Tel Aviv. She said the two of them had “big plans” for visiting the Dead Sea.
The 23-year-old reportedly added, however, that Berezovsky had told here that if he weren’t around, “all the problems will go away.” Despite this, she insisted the 67-year-old wasn’t suicidal.
On Sunday, Berezovsky’s daughter said her father had a “joy for life” despite the frequent ups and downs he experienced.
Arina Berezovsky said in a statement released through British police that her father’s life “was a turbulent roller-coaster with never-ending ordeals.”
She said that “his all-consuming determination for justice will be an inspiration to me for the rest of my life.”
Berezovsky, a one-time Kremlin powerbroker turned critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, lived in self-imposed exile in Britain.
His body was found on the bathroom floor of his mansion west of London on March 23 with his neck bound.
Police say there are no signs that anyone else was involved in his death, but they have not ruled out foul play.