Nikolai Glushkov, Russian exile tied to Boris Berezovsky, found dead in London

Nikolai Glushkov has reportedly been found dead at his home in Britain
FACEBOOK DEAD Nikolai Glushkov has reportedly been found dead at his home in Britain

16 March, 2018

Russia's Kommersant newspaper quoted Glushkov's family saying that the body carried "traces of strangulation".

Police said officers were investigating the "unexplained" death of a man found at a house in the New Malden area late on Monday (local time).

"There is no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury", a Metropolitan Police report noted, referencing the incident that involved Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, who remain in critical condition.

Glushkov was a prominent opponent of the Kremlin. In 2004, he was sentenced to three years and three months in prison. He was a director of the Aeroflot state airline and worked closely with Berezovsky in the 1980s and 1990s. He was due to attend a hearing at 10.30am on Monday in the Rolls building, London's commercial court, but failed to show up.

The security guard said: 'Boris spoke openly that the orders came directly from Putin to eliminate him and his friends'. The friend said she had visited him in December in hospital, soon before he had an operation on his foot, and spoke to him afterwards on the phone. Police treated his death as "unexplained" but said it was not linked to the ex-double agent poisoning case.

"I think he lived on his own, he lived there for about two years but we didn't see him regularly, just occasionally when he was putting the rubbish out and things like that".

"I'm definite Boris was killed".

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In March 2013, he was found dead at his ex-wife's home in Berkshire. Glushkov refused to believe his friend had killed himself, telling the Guardian at the time: "I don't believe it was suicide".

The ongoing court case has continued in Moscow despite his death, with Russian prosecutors planning to saddle the debts on Glushkov's heirs, Natalia and her older brother Dmitry.

It said Britain had denied Russia's extradition request. "There was a history". Officials in the United Kingdom say they were the victims of a Russian-engineered nerve agent. He added: "They have a long memory".

In 1999, Glushkov was charged with money laundering and fraud after Berezovsky fell out with Russian President Vladimir Putin and fled to Britain.

According to Tass, he received political asylum in the United Kingdom in 2010. He had a dog and a cat. Fearing further arrest, he fled to the United Kingdom and was granted political asylum.

The minder told the Telegraph how his employer Glushkov had hatched an escape plan which included a hideaway should his life be put in danger.

Beresovsky was also good friends with Alexander Litvinenko, who died after being poisoned with polonium 210 in 2006. It is said to have been created by the former Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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