Russian exile who was ally of Putin critic found dead in London

Russian exile who was ally of Putin critic found dead in London

Russian exile who was ally of Putin critic found dead in London

Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian exile who had links to compatriots who died in mysterious circumstances in the United Kingdom, has been found dead in his London home, his lawyer confirmed.

Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was discovered on Monday evening (local time) by family and friends.

The cause of death has not yet been reported.

"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".

"Im definite Boris was killed".

Relations between Britain and Russian Federation have been strained since the murder in London of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died in 2006 after drinking green tea laced with radioactive polonium-210.

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

"I don't think I've seen him in the last week or so, I hadn't noticed him, but I don't know what's happened - the police said they are still searching and there are lots of police cars". Too many bodies are happening.

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Mr Glushkov backed up Mr Berezovsky during a high-profile legal battle in 2012 with rival UK-based oligarch Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea football club, who he claimed had cheated him out of $5 billion. He spent five years in jail in Russian Federation before escaping to the United Kingdom in 2004. He conceded that in the period before his death they had quarrelled.

The minder told the Telegraph how his employer Glushkov had hatched an escape plan which included a hideaway should his life be put in danger. In 2013 Glushkov emailed a friend: "I have a lot of new facts that are of great interest". It is understood that he had split in recent years from a partner. Natasha is based in the UK.

In 2017, a Moscow court reviewed Glushkov's case and sentenced him in absentia to eight years for embezzling more than $122 million from Aeroflot. It is said to have been created by the former Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Sky News' home affairs correspondent, Mark White, said Mr Glushkov's home in New Malden, southwest London, was being treated as a crime scene.

The death comes just over a week after former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury.

Glushkov won notoriety in Russia's bare-knuckled transition to a market economy in the 1990s, when business, political and criminal interests often collided amid the privatization of state assets.

Britain has given Russia until midnight Tuesday to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent came to be used in an English city, or face retaliatory measures.

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