Russian exile and Putin critic found dead in Britain

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2018

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".

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

"The death is now being treated as an unexplained".

There was no evidence linking the death to the incidents in Salisbury, it said.

The Met said officers believe they know who the man is, but he is yet to be formally identified.

Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian exile who was a close friend of a noted critic of President Vladimir Putin, has died from an "unexplained" cause in London, police say.

The businessman was reportedly found in his London home with the cause of death not yet clear.

Russian Federation has dismissed accusations of any involvement in the Skripal case as "nonsense", saying it would only cooperate with the British investigation if it receives samples of the nerve agent believed to have been used.

Berezovsky built a business empire valued in the billions before running afoul of the Kremlin and publicly denouncing Putin.

British PM Theresa May says it's "highly likely" Russian Federation is behind the poisoning, and has given the country a deadline of Tuesday (UKT) to explain. That dispute was eventually settled in Abramovich's favor.

Glushkov once worked for various Berezovsky enterprises, including the flagship Russian airline Aeroflot and the LogoVAZ vehicle company.

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.

He said: "I'm definite Boris was killed".

After the death of Mr Berezovsky, Mr Glushkov told the Guardian he was not convinced the police investigation into the death - which found Mr Berezovsky had committed suicide - was accurate.

He added: "too many deaths [of Russian emigres] have been happening". Glushkov wasn't as fortunate; he served five years over money laundering and fraud, The Guardian reports, before following Berezovsky to England several years later.

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