Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Russian exile and Putin critic found dead in Britain

Russian exile and Putin critic found dead in Britain

Terrorism police are investigating an unexplained death in New Malden, amid reports of exiled Russian businessman Nikolai Glushov having died.

He was discovered by his family and friends late on Monday night, The Guardian reported.

There is as yet no evidence to link this incident to the nerve gas attack in Salisbury, although the next-door neighbour said they had not seen Mr Glushkov since then.

Nikolai Glushkov, a close associate of late Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, has been found dead in his London home. Damian Kudryavstev, the editor of the Moscow Times newspaper, confirmed the news on Facebook.

In March 2013, he was found dead at his ex-wife's home in Berkshire. An inquest failed to establish if he had committed suicide or died from foul play.

Without confirming the man's name, London's Metropolitan police said the counterterrorism command unit was leading the investigation into the death "as a precaution because of associations that the man in believed to have had". British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said police and the domestic security service will look into 14 deaths in Britain that might be linked to Russian Federation.

'I have quite different information from what is being published in the media'.

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"Boris was strangled. Either he did it himself or with the help of someone". Glushkov was subsequently accused of fraud, larceny and money laundering overseas.

Glushkov had been in exile in United Kingdom since being released from prison in Russian Federation in 2004.

He gave evidence in a case in 2011 brought by Mr Beresovsky against Roman Abramovich, who he claimed had cheated him out of £3.2bn.

He added: "too many deaths [of Russian emigres] have been happening".

Neighbour Patricia Egan said Mr Glushkov had lived there for several years, describing him as well educated and "a lovely fellow". In 2017, a Moscow court reviewed his case and he was sentenced to eight years in prison in absentia for stealing as much as $123 million from Aeroflot in the 1990s. A close friend of the deceased said to the Russian radio station Govorit Moskva that he may have died of AIDS, adding that Glushkov never hid his homosexuality.

Britain has given Russia until midnight Tuesday to explain how the Russian-made nerve agent came to be used in an English city, or face retaliatory measures.

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