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Putin calls Internet 'CIA project'

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a "CIA project" and warned Russians against making Google searches. Putin assured a group of young journalists that the Internet was controlled from the start by the CIA and its surveillance continues today. "That's life. That's how it's organised by Americans. You know all of this started during the dawn of the Internet as a special project of the CIA. And it keeps on developing," Putin said in televised comments.

Founder of Russia's leading social media network quits company, flees country

MOSCOW - The founder of Russia's leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership. The slow-motion ouster of Pavel Durov from the network known as VKontakte, or "In Contact," is the latest sign that independent media outlets in Russia have become increasingly imperiled.

'Russian Facebook' founder flees country after being pushed out

The maverick founder of Russia's top social network, Pavel Durov, said Tuesday he had fled the country after selling his share in the company under pressure from the security services. Durov told US technology news website TechCrunch he was no longer in Russia and had "no plans to go back" after social network VKontakte (In Touch) announced Monday that he had left the company. On Monday the 29-year-old said the social network had effectively been taken over by Kremlin allies, including Igor Sechin, one of President Vladimir Putin's closest confidants.

UK coroner records open verdict on death of Russian oligarch Berezovsky

By Toby Melville WINDSOR, England (Reuters) - A British coroner said on Thursday he could not be sure if exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky killed himself at his former wife's British home or was the victim of foul play. Berezovsky, a sworn enemy of President Vladimir Putin, was found dead in March last year with a scarf tied around his neck in the bathroom of a luxury mansion in Ascot, an affluent English town near Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle, west of London.

Berezovsky death: British coroner records open verdict

A British coroner recorded an open verdict on Thursday in the death of Boris Berezovsky, saying he could not prove the Russian oligarch had meant to take his life. The Kremlin insider-turned-critic, 67, was found lying on the floor of the locked bathroom of a mansion in Ascot, near London, with a ligature around his neck in March 2013. The two-day inquest heard that Berezovsky was a "broken" man and regularly talked about suicide after losing a legal battle against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

Berezovsky death: British coroner records open verdict

A British coroner recorded an open verdict on Thursday in the death of Boris Berezovsky, saying he could not prove the Russian oligarch had meant to take his life. The Kremlin insider-turned-critic, 67, was found lying on the floor of the locked bathroom of a mansion in Ascot, near London, with a ligature around his neck in March 2013. The two-day inquest heard that Berezovsky was a "broken" man and regularly talked about suicide after losing a legal battle against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

Coroner: Not enough evidence to conclude whether Berezovsky was killed or committed suicide

LONDON - Boris Berezovsky's death remains unexplained, a British coroner said Thursday, saying it wasn't possible to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt whether the self-exiled Russian tycoon and opponent of President Vladimir Putin was killed or committed suicide. The 67-year-old Berezovsky was found on a bathroom floor of his ex-wife's home in southern England in March 2013. A scarf was around his neck. Coroner Peter Bedford recorded an "open," or inconclusive, verdict.

UK coroner records open verdict on death of Russian oligarch Berezovsky

WINDSOR, England (Reuters) - A British coroner recorded an open verdict on Thursday on the death of exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky whose body was found in the bathroom of his ex-wife's home in Britain last March, the BBC reported. Berezovsky, who helped broker Vladimir Putin's rise to the Kremlin's top job only to become his sworn enemy, was found dead with a ligature around his neck in the bathroom of a luxury mansion in Ascot, an affluent English town near Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle, west of London.

Berezovsky death: British coroner records open verdict

A British coroner recorded an open verdict on Thursday in the death of Boris Berezovsky, saying he could not prove the Russian oligarch had meant to take his life. The Kremlin insider-turned-critic, 67, was found lying on the floor of the locked bathroom of a mansion in Ascot, near London, with a ligature around his neck in March 2013. The two-day inquest heard that Berezovsky was a "broken" man and regularly talked about suicide after losing a legal battle against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

Oligarch Berezovsky was 'broken' man before death, inquest hears

Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky seemed a "broken" man and repeatedly talked of killing himself after losing a multi-billion-pound legal battle against Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich, the inquest into his death heard Wednesday. The 67-year-old, an outspoken critic of the Kremlin who was granted asylum in Britain, was discovered in March 2013 in the locked bathroom of his luxurious home outside London with a ligature around his neck.
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