Russian exile Glushkov in mystery death in London

Russian exile Glushkov in mystery death in London

Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian businessman the United Kingdom refused to extradite to Russia on fraud charges, has died in his London home, his neighbor Pat Egan told CNN.

He said: "I'm definite Boris was killed".

Mr Glushkov also had a close friendship with fellow Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky, who came to the United Kingdom in 1999 after falling out with Mr Putin.

Nikolai Glushkov, 69, a former deputy director of Aeroflot who had twice faced fraud charges in his native Russian Federation, was found dead at his home in New Malden, south west London, late on Monday night.

Berezovsky had helped Russian President Vladimir Putin rise to power before becoming a vocal critic of Putin.

Counter-terror police said it was in charge of the probe "as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had", a spokesman said.

The London Metropolitan police said there is no evidence to suggest a link to the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia on March 4.

Mr Glushkov, a former deputy director of the Russian airline Aeroflot, had also worked for Mr Berezovsky's LogoVAZ vehicle company.

Activists lineup thousands of children's shoes outside US Capitol lawn
The shoes, including sandals, boots, dance shoes, sneakers, high heels, were placed in neat rows, creating a temporary monument for the deceased.

Five years on, the same questions will be asked of his own death.

Glushkov had been in exile in United Kingdom since being released from prison in Russian Federation in 2004.

Billionaire and business oligarch Berezovsky later ran afoul of the Kremlin when he publicly denounced Putin and brought a lawsuit against his ally, fellow billionaire Roman Abramovich.

The émigré was acquainted with Russians who died in unexplained circumstances in the UK. She is reviewing a range of economic and diplomatic measures in retaliation for the assault with what she identified as the military-grade nerve agent Novichok.

"The death is now being treated as unexplained", he said. A close friend of the deceased said to the Russian radio station Govorit Moskva that he may have died of AIDS, adding that Glushkov never hid his homosexuality.

May told the parliament that Russia's ambassador in London had been summoned to explain whether it was "a direct action by the Russian state" or the result of it "losing control" of its stock of nerve agents.

Tillerson told reporters late Monday that Russia's actions would "certainly trigger a response".

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