Scotland Yard investigates unexplained death of Russian in exile

Laverne Mann
March 16, 2018

It said there was no evidence at present to suggest a link to poisoning in Salisbury of the Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

Glushkov was a prominent opponent of the Kremlin.

"He had, after all, long claimed President Putin ordered the 2006 poisoning with radioactive polonium-210 of one of Berezovsky's protégés, Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB agent".

"The death is now being treated as an unexplained", said police in a statement which did not name Mr Glushkov.

Berezovsky was found hanged at his ex-wife's home in Berkshire. He spent five years in jail in Russian Federation before escaping to the United Kingdom in 2004.

Nikolai Glushkov pictured in Moscow in 2000.

The airline went on to pursue the case in London and Glushkov was due to attend a hearing on Monday morning at Londons Commercial Court but failed to appear.

"It's either suicide or strangulation like with Boris [Berezovsky]", Goldfarb said.

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"I think something more should be done".

"Today, the embassy officially requested the information the British authorities have concerning the Russian citizen [Nikolai Glushkov]", the source said, adding that "the investigation is completely non-transparent, the United Kingdom is showing unwillingness to cooperate, which can not but cause regret". He received political asylum in 2010.

In recent years, Glushkov was on friendly terms with his London neighbours, who saw him hobbling on crutches after his operation or with a stick.

The ongoing court case has continued in Moscow despite his death, with Russian prosecutors planning to saddle the debts on Glushkov's heirs, Natalia and her older brother Dmitry.

Wilson said Russian Federation has "failed for many years to declare chemical weapons development programs which date from the 1970s" and that London has demanded that Moscow now "come clean". Berezovsky lost. Glushkov was unhappy with the judgment and launched a formal appeal, citing "bias".

The Russian Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, says it has handed the British ambassador a note of protest regarding the accusations, calling them "baseless", "provocative" and "another unscrupulous attempt of the British authorities to discredit Russia".

He gave evidence in a case in 2011 brought by Mr Beresovsky against Roman Abramovich, who he claimed had cheated him out of £3.2bn. Next of kin have been informed.

Still, the poisoning and now the unexplained death have resurfaced talk of what many see as a pattern of Russians who run afoul of the Kremlin and later die under suspicious or criminal circumstances.

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