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Another Russian 'Fugitive' Found Dead In London, Police Investigating

Victim believed to be businessman Nikolai Glushkov,

By: Daniel Newton  |@NeonNettle
 on 13th March 2018 @ 6.34pm
victim kinked linked to russian elites including the late russian oligarch boris berezovsky © press
Victim kinked linked to Russian elites including the late Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky

Police have confirmed that a 69-year-old Russian man who was on the top of a list of "fugitives from justice" published by the Russian embassy, has been found dead in London.

Officers are not naming the man, but he is believed to businessman Nikolai Glushkov, who is allegedly linked to Russian elites including the late Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who fled to London in 2000 following a row with Vladimir Putin.

Police have not confirmed whether the death is linked to Sergei Skripal, who was deliberately poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury.

police have not confirmed whether the death is linked to sergei skripal © press
Police have not confirmed whether the death is linked to Sergei Skripal,

SkyNews reports: Scotland Yard said anti-terror police were investigating his death "as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had".

But there was "no evidence", it said, "to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury", adding that the death is being treated as "unexplained".

One of Mr. Glushkov's friends was the late Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who fled to London in 2000 following a row with Vladimir Putin.

Mr. Glushkov had worked for Mr. Berezovsky's LogoVAZ car company.

After Mr. Berezovsky was found hanged at his luxury mansion near Ascot in Berkshire in March 2013, Mr. Glushkov told The Guardian he would "never believe" his friend took his own life.

An inquest into Mr. Berezovsky's death recorded an open verdict.

Mr. Berezovsky was also a friend of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006.

Police and MI5 are expected to examine allegations that a series of deaths on UK soil, including the Berezovsky case, may be linked to Russia.

Sky News' home affairs correspondent, Mark White, said Mr Glushkov's home in New Malden, southwest London, was being treated as a crime scene.

Local resident Tracy Broadfield said the police presence was "very large".

Officers were called by the London Ambulance Service at 10.46pm on Monday.

Mr. Glushkov's family are being looked after by specialist officers.

Mr. Glushkov was arrested in 1999 and put on trial for allegedly embezzling $7m from the Russian airline Aeroflot, and sentenced in 2004 to three years, three months in prison.

Russian media said he was granted political asylum in Britain in 2010.

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