On its website, the pro-Kremlin paper Komsomolskaya Pravda describes Mr Berezovsky as having been “clever, cunning, resourceful… Meanwhile, Novaya Gazeta – which is normally critical of the Kremlin – described him as someone who “viewed Russia as a chess board”, albeit one on which “only he would be allowed to move the pieces”.
Former British ambassador to Russia Sir Andrew Wood, who knew Mr Berezovsky, said he had been a man of vigour who had tended to “over-egg his importance”, was at heart “not a bad man” and had been helpful to Britain in the past.
Skorpios, which Onassis bought in 1962 for ,000, was made famous as the location of his wedding to former First Lady Jackie Kennedy in 1968.
The island was sold by Athina Onassis Roussel, Onassis’s granddaughter and only surviving heir.
“If he had a heart attack, well that was what was coming anyway so one should be grateful if it was fast.” “This dirty part of our history ended a long time ago and elicits no feeling but disgust.
Let’s see if Satan allows him into hell, or maybe he’ll send him back to Russia to endure proper suffering” - blogger Mikhail Delyagin “Berezovsky died an unhappy man.
“There is nothing that I wish more today than to return to Russia,” he is quoted as saying.
“I had underestimated how dear Russia is to me and how little I can stand being an emigre. I had a very idealistic idea on how to build a democratic Russia.
“It would be wrong to speculate on the cause of death until the post-mortem has been carried out.
He had not been seen since around 22.30 GMT the previous evening.
His body remained at the property while the search – described by police as a precaution – for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material was carried out.
In 2003 he was granted political asylum in Britain on the grounds that his life would be in danger in Russia.
He was married twice and had six children – two with each of his wives and two with a long-term partner.The search was sparked after a paramedic’s personal electronic dosimeter (PED) – a health and safety device – was triggered.