Terror Police Investigate 'Unexplained' Death Of Russian Exile Nikolai Glushkov

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

Nikolai Glushkov died in southwest London on Monday night.

British police said the unexplained death of a man in London was not linked to the attempted murder of a former Russian double agent in the southern English city of Salisbury.

The counter-terrorism command unit is leading the investigation into the March 12 death of Nikolai Glushkov, a close associate of late Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, the Metropolitan police said.

Police are describing his death as "unexplained".

Glushkov, whose body was found last night at home in New Malden, South West London, had been caged for five years for money laundering while deputy director of Aeroflot. Police confirmed that "a man in his 60s" was found dead but did not name Glushkov directly.

At the time of his death, he was living alone in New Malden, south-west London and was said to be a "nice man" who used to give his neighbour's children gifts at Christmas.

The road in London where Glushkov lived.

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Mr Berezovsky was himself found dead on a bathroom floor at his home in southern England in 2013 with a scarf around his neck.

Glushkov held a top position with Russia's state airline Aeroflot and worked under Berezovsky in the nineties.

Berezovsky is one of 14 Russians whom U.S. intelligence services believe were assassinated in the United Kingdom, according to an investigation by BuzzFeed News. "[But] I don't believe it was suicide", Glushkov said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper.

Litvinenko died after being poisoned with Polonium-210 in London in 2006, while Georgian businessman Patarkatsishvili was killed in Leatherhead in 2008.

According to the RBK Russian news site, Glushkov was found guilty of abuse of power in a financial scandal at Aeroflot, and was convicted in absentia of fraud a year ago for allegedly stealing more than $100 million from the company.

"I don't see anyone left on it apart from me".

It added that there was "no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury".

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