UK probing Russian businessman's death

Todd Singleton
March 16, 2018

London, Mar 13 A Russian exile, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been found dead in his London home, prompting Scotland Yard to launch a probe into the matter.

Mr Glushkov, 68, was found dead on Monday and had been suffering from ill-health.

The cause of death has not yet been reported.

He was a good friend of exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, and a friend of former officer of the Russian FSB Alexander Litvinenko, who was murdered in the United Kingdom in 2006. Glushkov refused to believe his friend had killed himself, telling the Guardian at the time: "I don't believe it was suicide".

Mr Glushkov commented at the time, saying "I don't believe Boris died of natural causes".

Beresovsky was also good friends with Alexander Litvinenko, who died after being poisoned with polonium 210 in 2006.

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

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"The death is now being treated as an unexplained", said police in a statement which did not name Mr Glushkov.

The ongoing court case has continued in Moscow despite his death, with Russian prosecutors planning to saddle the debts on Glushkov's heirs, Natalia and her older brother Dmitry.

He gave evidence in a case in 2011 brought by Mr Beresovsky against Roman Abramovich, who he claimed had cheated him out of £3.2bn. Speaking by telephone from Moscow, he said Mr. Glushkov had a long history of blood disease and his health was further undermined by the three years he spent in. He conceded that in the period before his death they had quarrelled. It is understood that he had split in recent years from a partner.

A police officer stands at a cordon around the bench where former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found after they were poisoned, in Salisbury, Britain March 11, 2018. Natasha is believed to live in the UK. However, next of kin have been informed. "The death is now being treated as an unexplained".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Russian Federation may be behind the poisoning, and that it may have involved a nerve agent developed by Russia's military.

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.

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