Mystery London death of Putin's billionaire enemy who feared he was about to be murdered

Mystery   London death of Putin's billionaire enemy who feared he was about to be murdered

( Thisislondon ) - A British-based Russian billionaire who feared he was about to be murdered has been found dead at his home.

Badri Patarkatsishvili, 52, was found dead at his ?10million home near Leatherhead, Surrey, at about 11pm last night of a suspected heart attack.

Surrey police are investigating and are treating his death as suspicious.

The oligarch, who made his ?6billion fortune in his native Georgia, said recently of his political enemies: "I believe they want to kill me."

He was an opponent of Russian president Vladimir Putin but the most likely threat is believed to have come from Georgia.

He is charged there with plotting a coup after standing unsuccessfully against president Mikhail Saakashvili in elections.

Mr Patarkatsishvili was a close friend of Boris Berezovsky, another so-called oligarch who is also an outspoken critic of Mr Putin.

The oligarch appeared in good health during a four-hour meeting held in the City yesterday with Mr Berezovsky and two other exiled tycoons, Nikolay Glushkov and Yuli Dubov, all wanted in Moscow.

He had said in December that he had 120 bodyguards but did not feel safe anywhere.

Lord Goldsmith, the former Attorney General, who was acting for Mr Patarkatsishvili, said he was taking the death threats "very seriously".

Mr Patarkatsishvili had claimed he had obtained a tape recording of an official in his country's interior ministry asking a Chechen warlord to murder him while he was London.

Lord Bell, the PR guru and Mr Patarkatsishvili's spokesman, who was also at the City meeting, said today: "The death needs to be investigated. He had advised police recently that he was fearful of an assassination attempt.

"He appeared in good health at the meeting. At one point, he complained he was a little overcome by the warmth of the room and left to get some fresh air.

"Knowing Badri, he was probably having a cigarette. When he came back, he seemed absolutely fine and full of energy."

Lord Bell said Mr Patarkatsishvili, whose body was found at his Surrey home Norbury Park, lived with his wife, with whom he had two children.

He was seen as a driving force behind anti-government protests in Georgia in November and was under investigation on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.

He denied the accusations but acknowledged offering large sums of money to police to side with protesters. The protests were violently broken up by police.

Mr Patarkatsishvili left Georgia in November and has spent time in Britain and Israel. He amassed his fortune from the privatisation of state industries in Russia in the Nineties.

He hired Lord Goldsmith and other lawyers after he claimed to receive taped evidence of an assassin apparently being briefed to kill him.

Methods discussed in the 45-minute audio tape included a plan to murder him in the UK or Israel, where he also has a home, or as he flew in his private plane from Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, to Batumi on the Black Sea.

Mr Patarkatsishvili also claimed six to eight weeks ago that a squad of four Georgians came to London, "sent to do something against me".

The taped conversation is thought to be between Uvais Akhmadov, a Chechen warlord, and an official in Georgia's interior ministry.

According to transcripts published in the Sunday Times, the official described Mr Patarkatsishvili as "a political problem" and said Georgia did not want to be seen to be involved in an assassination abroad.

"Because of that, I called you. This person is very frequently in London, constantly. In a month, he'll spend two weeks there, two weeks in Israel," he said.

"I've been given a clear order to check whether there is the possibility on your side to help us in this business. We want this person to disappear completely, with his escorts, with everything."

A spokesman for the Georgian embassy in London said the alleged plot "sounded like a conspiracy theory most probably designed to boost a presidential candidate's profile".

Mr Berezovsky spoke of his shock today at his friend's death, which will inevitably raise comparisons with the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, an enemy of Mr Putin.

Mr Litvinenko, a former KGB spy, died in London in November 2006 after he was poisoned with Polonium-210.

His death sparked a host of conspiracy theories, fuelled by a message recorded by him but only played after his death in which he directly accused Mr Putin of being involved in his murder.

The Crown Prosecution Service later said they wanted to charge Andrei Lugovoi, also a former KGB officer, with his murder but extradition has been blocked by Russia where he has immunity from prosecution as an MP.

Mr Berezovsky said that Mr Patarkatsishvili had not been ill but had complained about his heart when they met yesterday.

He said he had gone to the Georgian's home after learning of his death but that police were handling the matter and were not letting people in.

Mr Patarkatsishvili fell out with Mr Saakashvili despite financing the so-called "rose revolution" that swept Mr Saakashvili to power four years ago.

He ran against Mr Saakashvili in a snap election in January, getting about seven per cent of the vote.

Opposition groups have alleged that the vote, which Mr Saakashvili won with 53 per cent, was rigged.

Oil extends losses on worry over possible supply increase from OPEC
Oil extends losses on worry over possible supply increase from OPEC
Iraq reports 3,599 new COVID-19 cases, 699,088 in total
Iraq reports 3,599 new COVID-19 cases, 699,088 in total
UN chief asks for generous donations for Yemen humanitarian operations
UN chief asks for generous donations for Yemen humanitarian operations
Loading Bars
Foreign exchange reserves of Azerbaijan's CBA increase over month
Turkmenistan resumes train communication between two cities
UN, Azerbaijan sign Framework Document on Cooperation (PHOTO)
Azerbaijani AzStateNet network records increase in number of blocked "intruders"
Indian diaspora holds Tiranga rally in Brampton for stronger ties with Canada
India, New Zealand discuss Indo-Pacific
Antigua and Barbuda thanks PM Modi for demonstrating 'act of benevolence' by distributing COVID-19 vaccines
Iranian currency rates for March 2
Bulgarian companies ready to participate in recovery projects in Azerbaijan’s liberated lands
With India’s aid, restoration work of heritage site in Nepal begins
Betting on death of petrol cars, Volvo to go all electric by 2030
From India to NASA, Scientist Swati Mohan Breaking Barriers in Space Exploration
India, US reaffirm strategic partnership at bilateral meeting of UN envoys
EIB’s energy efficiency investments constituted more 50% of all energy lending
India-Brazil space cooperation reaches new heights with launch of Amazonia-1 satellite
Renewables accounted for 35% of EIB energy investments
Azerbaijani currency rates for March 2
ECO freight train to resume operation after 9 years
Turkey publishes figures on cargo shipment via local ports from Georgia
Europe’s oil & gas industry marks 28% increase in cross-border deals
Oil extends losses on worry over possible supply increase from OPEC
Uzbekistan reveals its COVID-19 data for March 2
Gas production dep’t managed by Uzbekneftegaz announces tender for construction of rotational camp
Iran interested in rapid revival of liberated territories of Azerbaijan – Iranian Ambassador (INTERVIEW)
Georgia to secure AstraZeneca vaccine in coming weeks
Iran-made COV-Pars vaccine one of world best vaccines: Official
Kazakhstan reports 658 new COVID-19 cases over past day
Chinese mainland reports 11 new imported COVID-19 cases
Uruguay begins vaccination drive against COVID-19
Uzbekistan reveals priorities for agriculture dev’t for 2021
5.1-magnitude quake hits 11 km S of Urrao, Colombia
Iraq reports 3,599 new COVID-19 cases, 699,088 in total
UN chief asks for generous donations for Yemen humanitarian operations
5 killed in helicopter crash in east China
New service of money transfers between Russia, Azerbaijan launched
Number of COVID-2019 cases across globe up by over 347,000 in past day
EU to propose vaccine certificates in time for summer holidays
Turkey eases coronavirus restrictions as cafes, eateries reopen
European Council President pledges Georgia to have access to Covid-19 vaccine
First vaccine against coronavirus registered in Uzbekistan
Iran, Syria enjoy $1.5 billion trade capacity: Official
More cargo from Georgia to Lithuania expected in future by Klaipeda Seaport
Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Ambassador of Belarus discuss prospects for development of military co-op
Azerbaijani FM, Uzbek ambassador exchange views on current situation in region (PHOTO)
Numerous people take part in online survey on return to Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region
Azerbaijani State Insurance Commerce Company talks about closure of some branches
Azerbaijan to develop new services for microfinance sector
Overdue debt increases in Georgia
Georgia sees increase in volume of deposits in lari
Georgian commercial banks see decline in lending
Azerbaijan to use Turkey's experience in restoring monuments in liberated lands (PHOTO)
Georgian farmers can now get diesel benefits online
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on March 2
Azerbaijani SOFAZ unveils volume of foreign currency sold at auctions during February
Presidential website releases full version of press-conference of Azerbaijani president (VIDEO)
Uzbekistan, Organization of Islamic Cooperation talk prospects of cooperation
Georgia to secure first doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price rebounds
Statement in support of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity adopted at conference in Iran (PHOTO)
Contract signed in Iran on fish farming
Former French president Sarkozy convicted of corruption, handed jail sentence
Iran and Georgia fix problem with transit of trucks, through Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani SME Development Agency receives numerous applications for creation of businesses in liberated lands
Beekeeping to rapidly develop in liberated Azerbaijani lands - Association
Uzbekistan’s state budget expenditures mainly account for social sphere
State Insurance Organization opens tender for installation of drip irrigation system
Buta Airways Launches Flights to Tbilisi
Non-oil exports from Azerbaijan show uptick - CAERC
Russian industrial holding sells its shares in Uzbek cement enterprise
EU to propose vaccine passports in March in time for summer
Azerbaijan and Iran to build new bridge over Astarachay - Iranian ambassador
Kazakhstan resumes flights from Almaty to Kyrgyzstan
Azerbaijan confirms 71 more COVID-19 recoveries
First UAE ambassador arrives in Israel, eyes Tel Aviv embassy
China's import of Azerbaijani products grows multifold in value terms
Turkmen Health Ministry opens tender to purchase of medical equipment
Volume of fish caught in Iran's Golestan Province announced
Gasoline prices surge in Kazakhstan
Iran seeks to enhance relations between Caspian states in transport sphere - ambassador
Turkey records lower revenues from car export to Iran in Jan. 2021
Raiffeisen Bank continues to monitor Turkmenistan's business perspectives
Azerbaijan publishes data on computer security requests for February
Azerbaijan issues data on foreign trade turnover of precious stones, natural pearls
Azerbaijani army's mortar batteries continue live-fire training exercises (VİDEO)
Iran and Azerbaijan to cooperate in reconstruction of Karabakh
Georgia thanks EU for strong partnership and support
Turkey issues data on Jan. 2021 volume of crude oil shipment via local ports
New organizations registered within Azerbaijan's '' web domain
Turkey records substantial growth in exports to Turkic-speaking countries
Weekly review of Georgian capital markets (Feb.22 through Feb.26)
Germany eyes co-op with Uzbekistan in construction of Mazar-i-Sharif – Kabul – Peshawar railway
Kazakhstan boosts imports from Vietnam
WTO to hold ministerial meeting in Geneva in late 2021
Azerbaijan plans to raise SMEs' share in non-oil GDP by 2025
Data on quality of services from Azerbaijani mobile operators issued
Uzbekistan attracts Russian experts for reconstruction of Sardoba reservoir
Turkmenistan allocates land for planting legumes in Dashoguz region
Details of release of Iranian blocked assets in South Korea
Iran to restrict sea traveling during Nowruz holiday
Payments firm Klarna triples valuation to $31 billion by raising $1 billion
All news