UK treating death of Russian businessman Glushkov as murder

Randolph Lopez
March 17, 2018

Glushkov was best known for being a close associate of Russian oligarch and prominent Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, who was found dead on the bathroom floor of his ex-wife's house in Ascot, southeast England, in 2013.

United Kingdom terrorism police have announced an investigation into what they have called the deliberate murder of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov in London's south-west earlier this week.

The Metropolitan Police said a post-mortem examination found the cause of the 68-year-old's death was compression to the neck.

The London police force said "at this stage there is nothing to suggest any link (from Glushkov) to the attempted murders in Salisbury", and they said there was no evidence that Glushkov has been poisoned.

For his part, Glushkov spent five years in Russian jail on fraud and money laundering charges.

Russian Federation has denied any involvement.

It comes at a time when United Kingdom and Russian relations have sunk to fresh lows after the use of a nerve agent on United Kingdom soil against a former Russian spy who had previously passed information to Britain, which several world powers have blamed Russia for.

Police forensics officers erect a tarpaulin sheet over the rear of the home of Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov who was found dead at his home in New Molden
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British police said he was murdered, and died by a compression to the neck.

British counterterrorism officers are leading the investigation "as a precaution" because of Glushkov's associations.

He was arrested in 1999 and put on trial for allegedly embezzling $7m (£5m) from Aeroflot, and sentenced in 2004 to three years, three months in prison.

Detectives are "retaining an open mind" about the Glushkov case, police said, and urge anyone with information that will assist the investigation to contact them in confidence on 0800 789 321.

Police in the United Kingdom are investigating the death of a Russian businessman in London as a homicide.

The Tass news agency quoted spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko as saying that the investigations "will be conducted in accordance with the Russian legislation and global law", adding the committee was ready to cooperate with British law enforcement. Police have launched a murder invetigation.

"[Mr Glushkov] told me she had gone to a Swiss finishing school, he said he was trying to force her to learn Russian".

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