Russian exile and associate of Putin critic is found dead in London

Sergio Conner
March 13, 2018

United Kingdom counter-terror police are investigating the "unexplained death" of a Russian businessman in London.

Glushkov was best-known for being a close associate of Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch who fled to Britain in the early 2000s after falling out out with Putin.

A lawyer says a Russian businessman who associated with a prominent critic of the Kremlin has died in London.

Counter-terrorism police were leading the investigation "because of associations that the man is believed to have had".

British police said the unexplained death of a man in London was not linked to the attempted murder of a former Russian double agent in the southern English city of Salisbury.

Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was discovered dead late on Monday at an address in Clarence Avenue in suburban south-west London.

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The UK government has said it is "highly likely" Russia is behind the attack, and Russian president Vladimir Putin has been given until midnight to give the UK government an account of what happened. His family has been informed and a post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

Britain granted Berezovsky political asylum three years later on the grounds his life would be in danger if he went back home.

Glushkov came to the United Kingdom after being freed from prison and spoke out against Berezovsky's death claiming he never believed his friend died of natural causes.

Glushkov worked in the 1990s for the state airline Aeroflot and Berezovsky's LogoVAZ vehicle company, according to media reports.

Police are describing his death as "unexplained".

Mr Berezovsky was himself found dead on a bathroom floor at his home in southern England in 2013 with a scarf around his neck. Natasha is believed to live in the UK. In March 2017, Moscow's Savelovsky District Court handed him a second eight-year sentence in absentia for the embezzlement of Aeroflot's funds. "[But] I don't believe it was suicide", he said.

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