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Police Investigating Death Of Russian Businessman In London


Nikolai Glushkov

A lawyer says a Russian businessman who associated with a prominent critic of the Kremlin has died in London.

Andrei Borovkov told Russian media outlets on March 13 that his client, Nikolai Glushkov, has died, but said he was unaware of the time and circumstances.

Reports in British and Russian media say Glushkov, who was 68, was found dead at his home in southwest London.

London's Metropolitan Police force said in a statement on March 13 that officers were investigating the "unexplained" death of a man found at a house in the New Malden area late March 12. It did not identify him by name.

Glushkov was friends with Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch who died at his home in Berkshire, England, in 2013. An inquest failed to establish if he had committed suicide or died from foul play.

In an interview with RFE/RL's Russian Service in 2013, he said he did not believe that Berezovsky had committed suicide.

Police activity at a residential address in southwest London on March 13. According to a police statement, they were investigating the unexplained death of a man being named as Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov.
Police activity at a residential address in southwest London on March 13. According to a police statement, they were investigating the unexplained death of a man being named as Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov.

London police said its Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation "as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had."

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

Glushkov worked in the 1990s for the state airline Aeroflot and Berezovsky’s LogoVAZ car company, according to media reports. In 1999, Glushkov was charged with money laundering and fraud after Berezovsky fell out with Russian President Vladimir Putin and fled to Britain. He spent five years in jail and was freed in 2004.

Glushkov had lived in London in recent years, after being granted political asylum in Britain. In 2011, he gave evidence at the court case brought by Berezovsky against Kremlin-friendly oligarch Roman Abramovich.

Besides Berezovsky and Glushkov, two other prominent Russian exiles -- Aleksandr Litvinenko and Aleksandr Perepilichny -- died in Britain in recent years.

A British inquiry concluded that the Russian government was behind the death of Litvinenko -- a former Russian security agent -- in London in 2006. Russia has denied involvement.

Perepilichny, a Russian oligarch and Kremlin critic who sought refuge in Britain in 2009, had been helping a Swiss investigation into a Russian money-laundering scheme. He also provided evidence against Russian officials linked to the 2009 death of anticorruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow prison.

Perepilichny collapsed and died in November 2012 at the age of 44 while jogging outside his home in Surrey.

British police initially ruled that his death was not suspicious. But last year, British authorities reopened an investigation into his death after new tests discovered traces in his stomach of a highly toxic plant.

With reporting by RFE/RL's Russian Service, AP, AFP, Reuters, theguardian.com, and telegraph.co.uk
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