The ‘first’ Oligarch is dead! And perhaps by his own hand. Boris Berezovsky, the Russian business magnate and former Putin supporter, was found dead in his London apartment. Keith Gessen, over at n+1, says:
He was depressed over losing a lawsuit to his old business associate, Roman Abramovich; had failed to secure what he thought was his rightful property after the death of another, much closer associate, Badri Patarkatsishvili; was losing a decade-long battle to his former protege, Vladimir Putin; and was also, on top of all that, apparently running out of money. With him he took many of the secrets, and insights, and schemes, that nearly destroyed Russia in the decade after the Soviet Union fell apart.
Berezovsky wasn’t just an oligarch: he was the first oligarch.