Published: Wed, March 14, 2018

United Kingdom counter-terror police probe 'unexplained' death of Russian businessman

United Kingdom counter-terror police probe 'unexplained' death of Russian businessman

Glushkov was a friend of Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch who died in London in 2013.

Reports in British and Russian media say Glushkov, who was 68, was found dead at his home in southwest London.

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.

A coroner concluded it was impossible to establish whether the oligarch was killed or committed suicide.

Police were quick to suggest there is now no evidence to link the death to events in Salisbury, where the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a weapons-grade nerve agent that was only ever produced in Russian Federation.

Glushkov once worked for various Berezovsky enterprises, including the flagship Russian airline Aeroflot and the LogoVAZ auto company.

Glushkov had lived in London after his release from prison in 2004 after a five-year jail term due to a money laundering conviction in Russian Federation. In 2004, he was sentenced to three years and three months behind bars but was released in the courtroom having served the term in custody.

Mr Glushkov gave evidence in the high profile court battle between Berezovsky and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in 2011.

Glushkov told the London court he had effectively been taken hostage by Putin's administration, which wanted to pressure Berezovsky to sell his stake in the TV station ORT. Glushkov, a close ally of Berezovsky, was twice charged with fraud in Russian Federation.

Glushkov was due to appear at a United Kingdom court in a case where Aeroflot claimed he stole $123 million from them.

Mr Berezovsky was found hanged in the bathroom of his Berkshire home in 2013 and an inquest recorded an open verdict.

Neighbour Patricia Egan said Mr Glushkov had lived there for several years, describing him as well educated and "a lovely fellow".

"It is extremely worrying that chemical agents are still being used to harm people".

The channel has repeatedly been criticized by Ofcom for breaching impartiality standards, and some British lawmakers have called for it to be shut down.

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.

Russian Federation reportedly dismissed the British claims as a "circus show", a "provocation" and "nonsense".

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