Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Russian exile and associate of Putin critic is found dead in London

Russian exile and associate of Putin critic is found dead in London

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.

A tribute to Glushkov was posted on Facebook by his friend, the newspaper editor Damian Kudryavtsev.

British PM Theresa May says it's "highly likely" Russian Federation is behind the poisoning, and has given the country a deadline of Tuesday (UKT) to explain.

News of Glushkov's death comes amid heightened tensions between the London and Moscow over the recent poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter.

Police said that they believe they know the man's identity and that his family has been notified, but that officials are still awaiting a formal identification.

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It added that there was "no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury".

Glushkov told the inquiry that he bumped into Litvinenko in the office of Boris Berezovsky, a powerful oligarch and émigré who was found dead in 2013 on the bathroom floor of his home in Berkshire, on the western outskirts of London.

A post-mortem for Nikolai Glushkov will be held in the coming days.

According to the Russian Embassy in London, the United Kingdom refused to extradite Glushkov in February 2016 on charges of large-scale fraud and embezzlement during his time as the deputy director of the Russian airline Aeroflot.

Russian media reported that Glushkov was granted political asylum in Britain in 2010.

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Another Russian exile living in London was found dead late Monday night, just a little more than a week since a former Kremlin spy and his daughter were poisoned.

Police said he killed himself, but his friends were less certain and a coroner recorded an open verdict. "I would say this is a little bit too much", Glushkov told The Guardian in 2013.

Mr Glushkov is survived by two children, Natasha and Dima, and an ex-wife who is thought to live in Moscow.

In 2017, during a trial in absentia in Russia, Glushkov was sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing $123m from Aeroflot.

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