$1.5bn oligarch case settles on eve of High Court battle

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  • Boris Berezovsky did not hang himself on the eve of the day his witness statement was due for submission into the inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko because he was financially distressed or because he had been discredited over the loss of his $5.6 billion lawsuit against Roman Abramovich If you believe it, you have failed Basic Think 101!

    It's elementary. Berezovsky had settled his lawsuit against Inna Gudavadze for an undisclosed amount on 13 September 2012, leaving Gudavadze with sole entitlement to Badri Patarkatsishvili and Berezovsky's commingled holdings in far more than Metalloivest and Rusal which is why Berezovsky dropped his pending lawsuits against Vasily Anisimov and Oleg Deripaska.

    He was utterly discredited by Mrs. Justice Elizabeth Gloster. With his credibility shattered on his claims against Abramovich, so too went his credibility on his claims against Anisimov and Deripaska and with it so too went Patarkatsishvili's estate claims.

    Without Berezovsky's and Gudavadze's settlement against Patarkatsishvili's estate, Gudavadze and her family was at risk of losing $1.3 billion of an estimated $12 billion in the Summit Trust of Gibraltar, a trust fund established by Patarkatsishvili that contained Berezovsky and Patarkatsishvili's commingled worldwide assets.

    To say that Berezovsky's death by hanging on the eve of the day his witness statement was due into the inquest was a message he intened to send to the world is an understatement. True to Berezovsky's megalomania with media conspiracies, it's the oxygen he left for conspiracy theorists the world over.

    That said without an implied connotation if he, in fact, h did hang himself, perhaps now that the estate holdings of Berezovsky and Patarkatsishvili's commingled assets has been settled, the British will release Berezovsky's autopsy and the British tax authorities can move on to collect the $100 million Berezovsky owes in tax arrears. It may cover the cost of the now seven plus year inquest into the death of Litvinenko, by far his most notorious conspiracy theory.

    Karon von Gerhke-Thompson
    Vice President and Stockowner
    First Columbia Company, Inc., Est. 1947
    Representing the U.S. Defense and Energy Industry Sector

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