Russian Exile Found Dead In His Home In London

Violet Powell
March 14, 2018

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

There is no evidence yet to suggest a link to the 4 March poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Russian fugitive Nikolai Glushkov's, a close friend of deceased Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, was discovered dead Monday. Daman Kudryavtsev, a media manager and a member of the board of directors of Russian newspaper Vedomosti, posted the news on his Facebook page.

A subsequent inquest failed to determine whether he had killed himself or died from foul play.

Police said the death was being treated as unexplained, adding that the counterterrorism team would lead the investigation "as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had".

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service to Clarence Avenue at 10.46pm on Monday, March 12 to reports of a man found dead.

The idea that the oligarch and self-appointed chief nemesis of Vladimir Putin had committed suicide was, he insisted, "bullshit" "I will never accept the idea", he said after coroners recorded an open verdict in his fellow exile's death in Berkshire in 2013.

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The former deputy CEO of Aeroflot and close associate of Boris Berezovsky, Nikolai Glushkov, 68, has passed away. He was imprisoned for money laundering and fraud and served five years.

In recent years, Glushkov lived in the United Kingdom as he had been granted political asylum there in 2010. I have quite different information from what is being published in the media.

Mr Glushkov gave evidence in the high profile court battle between Berezovsky and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in 2011. "Too many deaths [of Russian exiles] have been happening", he told the Guardian. Last year, a Moscow court tried him in absentia for embezzlement from Aeroflot, the Russian court-reporting agency RAPSI reported.

Glushkov continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding Berezovsky's death for some months.

May told the parliament that Russia's ambassador in London had been summoned to explain whether it was "a direct action by the Russian state" or the result of it "losing control" of its stock of nerve agents.

Glushkov was a friend of Berezovsky and argued publicly that he believed the exiled tycoon had been murdered.

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