United Kingdom launches probe into Russian exile's death

United Kingdom launches probe into Russian exile's death

Kerry Wise
March 18, 2018

Russian Federation exile Nikolai Glushkov, was found strangled in his London home Monday.

They are among the 14 untimely deaths of Russian exiles living in Britain, as well as British citizens caught in the Kremlin's web, all now being looked at in a new light by investigators after the poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

"A special post-mortem began on Thursday, 15 March and we received the pathologist report today (Friday, 16 March), which gave the cause of death as compression to the neck", police said.

Britain's murder probe was launched shortly after Russia's Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, announced its own investigation into the death of Glushkov.

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

The Guardian reports that the Met's counter-terrorism command is retaining its lead role in the investigation "because of the associations Mr Glushkov is believed to have had".

Glushkov had worked with the late Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, as a director of Berezovsky's LogoVAZ auto company in the 1990s.

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Berezovsky was found dead in March 2013 with a scarf tied around his neck in the bathroom of a luxury mansion west of London.

Britain granted Berezovsky political asylum three years later on the grounds that his life would be in danger if he went back home.

The i says Mrs May will target Russians with a "wave" of sanction that could see oligarchs' United Kingdom assets frozen. The airline pursued the case in London and Glushkov was due to attend a hearing on Monday at 10:30 a.m.

Police described Mr Glushkov as a "retired financial director" and said he had lived in the home in Clarence Avenue for two years.

A British judge in 2014 reached an open verdict on Berezovsky's death, saying he could not be sure if the Russian killed himself at his former wife's British home or was the victim of foul play.

His family feared he might have been murdered by enemies in Russian Federation, but British police and forensic experts concluded that Berezovsky had committed suicide.