Russian exile and Putin critic found dead in Britain

Saul Bowman
March 14, 2018

Nikolai Glushkov died in southwest London on Monday night.

There is not now any evidence to link this case to the events in Salisbury where former spy Sergei Skripal and Yulia, his daughter, are still in a critical condition after being poisoned, reports Sky News.

The 68-year-old Glushkov was a businessman in Russian Federation after the fall of Communism and had been a close associate of oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who was forced to flee Moscow after falling out with Vladimir Putin.

Police said Tuesday they were investigating the "unexplained" death of a man in his 60s in London, identified by British media as Nikolai Glushkov, an associate of the late tycoon and Kremlin critic Boris Berzovsky. "I hadn't noticed him, but I don't know what's happened - the police said they are still searching and there are lots of police cars".

Mr Glushkov was arrested in 1999 and put on trial for allegedly embezzling $7m from Aeroflot, and sentenced in 2004 to three years, three months in prison.

Mr Glushkov was the former deputy director of airline Aeroflot and a former finance manager of ActoVAZ.

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

Glushkov received political asylum in Britain after serving five years in prison in Russian Federation for money laundering and fraud, the Guardian newspaper reported.

Mr Glushkov gave evidence in the high profile court battle between Berezovsky and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in 2011.

He noted that a large number of Russian exiles including Berezovsky, and Berezovsky's close friend Alexander Litvinenko, had died under mysterious circumstances.

"Boris was strangled. Either he did it himself or with the help of someone". 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.

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

The road in London where Glushkov lived. Last year, a Moscow court tried him in absentia for embezzlement from Aeroflot, the Russian court-reporting agency RAPSI reported.

"Mr. Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia", British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday.

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