Counter-terror police investigate 'unexplained' death

Boris Berezovsky

Boris Berezovsky

After being given a suspended sentence for another count of fraud in 2006, he fled to the United Kingdom to seek political asylum and became a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sources close to the inquiry said there was no early link between Mr Glushkov's death and the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, or to Mrs May's speech in parliament.

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

In a statement, British police confirmed they were investigating the death of a man in his 60s in southwest London, but did not identify him.

Counter-terrorism police are investigating the death of a Russian exile who was friends with the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who famously fell out with Russian president Vladimir Putin. An inquest failed to establish if he had committed suicide or died from foul play.

Counter-terror police said it was in charge of the probe "as a precaution, because of associations that the man is believed to have had", a spokesman said.

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Police said the death was not linked to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.

Glushkov had worked for various Berezovsky enterprises including the auto factory AvtoVAZ and flagship Russian airline Aeroflot.

Glushkov, who worked for Berezovsky's LogoVAZ vehicle company, was charged with money laundering and fraud and spent five years in jail from 1999. He spent five years in jail and was freed in 2004. In 2011, he gave evidence at the court case brought by Berezovsky against Kremlin-friendly oligarch Roman Abramovich.

He noted that a large number of Russian exiles including Berezovsky, and Berezovsky's close friend Alexander Litvinenko, had died under mysterious circumstances. In 2013 Glushkov emailed a friend: "I have a lot of new facts that are of great interest".

Police and MI5 are expected to examine allegations that a series of deaths on United Kingdom soil, including the Berezovsky case, may be linked to Russian Federation. Last year, a Moscow court tried him in absentia for embezzlement from Aeroflot, the Russian court-reporting agency RAPSI reported.

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

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