Boris Berezovsky death prompts precautionary CBRN investigation

In the small hours of Sunday morning the story of Boris Berezovsky's death broke across media. While there are markers of possible suicide, a recent Russian Forbes magazine article where he talked about life losing its meaning since leaving Russia, and alledged crippling debts, the British Police have learnt never to assume too much when high profile Russians die.

As I type the site of his home near Ascot and surrounding roads are cordoned but little information has come out beyond confirmation CBRN officers are in attendance.

“We are aware the cordon is causing disruption to local residents and we apologise for any inconvenience, but it is important we take all necessary measures to ensure a full and thorough investigation can be carried out.

I would like to reassure residents that we are confident there is no risk to the wider community.

The property is part of a large estate so a number of roads are closed off at the moment and will remain so for the time being.\"

– Superintendent Stuart Greenfield

As a refresher Boris Berezovsky was believed to have been who President Putin was referring to when he claimed foreign based forces had been behind the Litvinenko poisoning with Polonium 210.

In any event Berezovsky denied this and redirected the accusation back at President Putin. The Litvinenko case remains open in the UK due to Russian refusals to allow the investigation of key figures.

The presence of CBRN specialists may well indicate concern that Berezovsky has been despatched in a similar way, although this would seem to undermine accusations that Berezovsky was behind previous poisonings. Stranger things have happened.

If that is the case the UK authorities are going to be mightily vexed at being the venue for yet another assassination - particular if its one that spreads contamination around.

As the Po210 incident showed the level of exertise requried, and equipment, is going to be beyond standard radiation pagers and beat level policemen. The UK has highly developped specialist teams within London, as well as DSTL and AWE and if its being taken seriously one would expect that level of investigation. If it isn't at that level then it would be pretty difficult to make a meaningful assessment of the scene.

In the small hours of Sunday morning the story of Boris Berezovsky's death broke across media. While there are markers of possible suicide, a recent Russian Forbes magazine article where he talked about life losing its meaning since leaving Russia, and alledged crippling debts, the British Police have learnt never to assume too much when high profile Russians die.

As I type the site of his home near Ascot and surrounding roads are cordoned but little information has come out beyond confirmation CBRN officers are in attendance.

“We are aware the cordon is causing disruption to local residents and we apologise for any inconvenience, but it is important we take all necessary measures to ensure a full and thorough investigation can be carried out.

I would like to reassure residents that we are confident there is no risk to the wider community.

The property is part of a large estate so a number of roads are closed off at the moment and will remain so for the time being.\"
– Superintendent Stuart Greenfield

As a refresher Boris Berezovsky was believed to have been who President Putin was referring to when he claimed foreign based forces had been behind the Litvinenko poisoning with Polonium 210.
In any event Berezovsky denied this and redirected the accusation back at President Putin. The Litvinenko case remains open in the UK due to Russian refusals to allow the investigation of key figures.

The presence of CBRN specialists may well indicate concern that Berezovsky has been despatched in a similar way, although this would seem to undermine accusations that Berezovsky was behind previous poisonings. Stranger things have happened.

If that is the case the UK authorities are going to be mightily vexed at being the venue for yet another assassination - particular if its one that spreads contamination around.

As the Po210 incident showed the level of exertise requried, and equipment, is going to be beyond standard radiation pagers and beat level policemen. The UK has highly developped specialist teams within London, as well as DSTL and AWE and if its being taken seriously one would expect that level of investigation. If it isn't at that level then it would be pretty difficult to make a meaningful assessment of the scene.

Tags: Equipment, Radiation

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