Police Investigating Death Of Russian In London

  • Police Investigating Death Of Russian In London

Police Investigating Death Of Russian In London

Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was discovered dead late on Monday at an address in Clarence Avenue in suburban south-west London.

The unexplained death of a second Russian man in the United Kingdom is being investigated by London's counter-terrorism police, ten days after a former Russian spy was poisoned in the country.

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

One of his friends, the newspaper editor Damian Kudryavtsev, posted the news on his Facebook page.

But police said there was no evidence to suggest a link to the March 4 poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The U.K. has said it was "highly likely" Russian Federation was behind the poisoning, which left the pair in critical condition.

Glushkov's death has done nothing to play down fears amid a highly charged political climate with commentators quickly linking it to Salisbury.

Police in London said they believed they knew the identity of the deceased man but that the body had not yet been formally identified.

A post-mortem is due to take place in the coming days.

"The death is now being treated as an unexplained". Scotland Yard said: "The Met Police counterterrorism command..."

After being given a suspended sentence for another count of fraud in 2006, he fled to the United Kingdom to seek political asylum and became a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Glushkov had worked for various Berezovsky enterprises including the auto factory AvtoVAZ and flagship Russian airline Aeroflot. In 2011, he gave evidence at the court case brought by Berezovsky against Kremlin-friendly oligarch Roman Abramovich.

When he was found dead, hanging in his home in Berkshire, his death was declared a suicide. His death was not treated as suspicious, but his friends were not convinced and a coroner later recorded an open verdict.

British counter-terrorism police are investigating the unexplained death of a Russian associate of late tycoon Boris Berezovsky, but said the death was not thought to be linked to a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent.