Russian exile Glushkov in mystery death in London

Clay Curtis
March 14, 2018

One of Mr Glushkov's friends was late Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who fled to London in 2000 following a row with Vladimir Putin.

Glushkov, 68, was close friends with the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky.

Nikolai Glushkov's death comes amid heightened concern following a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England and as the government said it would investigate the deaths of a number of Russia-linked individuals which have raised suspicions.

The White House on Monday condemned the poisoning of the ex-Russian spy in the U.K."The use of a highly lethal nerve agent on U.K. soil is an outrage".

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 national airline Aeroflot.

Glushkov had a nasty fall-out with Putin, 65, in 1999 when he was jailed for money laundering and fraud.

In 2004, he was sentenced to three years and three months in prison, but released because of time served before and during his trial. He remained in the United Kingdom after being granted political asylum. But Russian courts continued to pursue him.

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The judge, Mrs Justice Gloster, rejected the claim and described Berezovsky as "deliberately dishonest".

Glushkov was a friend of Berezovsky and argued publicly that he believed the exiled tycoon had been murdered. "I am doing everything in my power to limit his time frame, and I am really thinking of returning to Russian Federation after Putin collapses, which he will".

Scotland Yard said anti-terror police were investigating his death "as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had".

British police said at the time they found no sign of a struggle, suggesting Berezovsky had taken his own life. "I have quite different information from what is being published in the media", he said.

"Boris was strangled. Either he did it himself or with the help of someone". Police believe he committed suicide.

Mr Berezovsky was also a friend of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006.

There was no evidence linking the death to the incidents in Salisbury, it said. They were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury. But the tentacles of Kremlin are long, and several of Putin's critics have died under suspicious circumstances in the United Kingdom, prompting accusations that deaths are being covered up by British authorities to avoid diplomatic incidents.

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