Sunday, 17 June, 2018

Russian with links to Putin critic found dead in London

Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov found dead in his home in London Nikolai Glushkov’s body was found by his friends and family
Melinda Barton | 13 March, 2018, 22:00

The news was confirmed Tuesday on Facebook by Moscow Times board member Damian Kudryavtsev, who was close to both Glushkov and Berezovsky.

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

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.

Just two years ago, the official report emerged about the death of Mikhail Lesin, a former Russian press minister and Putin adviser, whose death had originally been reported by Russian media outlets as the result of a heart attack - despite the fact that Lesin had died in a hotel in Washington, D.C., and that his death was eventually ruled to have been caused by "blunt force injuries".

Glushkov's death has done nothing to play down fears amid a highly charged political climate with commentators quickly linking it to Salisbury.

Police in London said they believed they knew the identity of the deceased man but that the body had not yet been formally identified.

A post-mortem is due to take place in the coming days. "If there is a change in the status of the investigation, an update will be provided", the Met said.

The 68-year-old was a close associate of the late tycoon Boris Berezovsky, who died at his ex-wife's Berkshire home in 2013.

In 2011, Glushkov gave evidence at the court case brought by Berezovsky against his fellow oligarch Roman Abramovich, who remained on good terms with the Kremlin, the Guardian reported.

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.

He was found dead in 2013 of an apparent suicide.

Police said he killed himself, but his friends were less certain and a coroner recorded an open verdict.

Glushkov left Russian Federation after a Moscow court sentenced him to a two-year suspended sentence for fraud in 2006.

In March last year, he was sentenced to eight years in prison in absentia and issued a one million Russian Ruble fine for allegedly defrauding Aeroflot of $122 million during his tenure as finance director there in the late 1990s.