Russian exile found dead in London

Frederick Owens
March 14, 2018

Without naming the Russian, the Yard said the step was necessary because of the "associations that the man is believed to have had". At the time, an inquiry found he had hanged himself - but Glushkov publicly disputed the idea that his friend and former business ally would have killed himself.

Mr Glushkov's next-door neighbour, who did not want to be named, said he was a "nice man", who used to give his neighbour's children gifts at Christmas.

Nikolai Glushkov was discovered by his family and friends late on Monday night, The Guardian reported. It didn't release his name, saying formal identification had yet to take place.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, says it has handed the British ambassador a note of protest regarding the accusations, calling them "baseless", "provocative" and "another unscrupulous attempt of the British authorities to discredit Russia".

The discovery of Nikolai Glushkov's body was reported as the government opened an inquiry into alleged links between Russian Federation and 14 other deaths in the United Kingdom over the past two decades. It is said to have been created by the former Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Russian officials have rejected the idea that their government is responsible for the attack on Skripal.

Glushkov continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding Berezovsky's death for some months.

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Glushkov was formerly an employee of Berezovsky, one of the billionaires who bankrolled the 1996 re-election of President Boris Yeltsin. That dispute was eventually settled in Abramovich's favor. "He was set to be a witness in a potentially explosive inquest in October into Litvinenko's death".

Speaking after Mr Berezovsky's death, Mr Glushkov said: "Too many deaths [of Russian exiles] have been happening".

"You have the deaths of Boris and Badri over a short period of time".

News of Glushkov's death comes amid heightened tensions between the London and Moscow over the recent poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter.

But who is Glushkov, why was he thought to be on Vladimir Putin's "hit list" and how is he connected to Skripal?

Berezovsky also controlled the Aeroflot airline - and Glushkov ran it for him. But by then, Berezovsky had moved to London.

Glushkov received political asylum in Britain after serving five years in prison in Russian Federation for money laundering and fraud, the Guardian newspaper reported.

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