Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Russian exile found dead in London

Russian exile found dead in London

Britain's counter-terrorism police, which is leading an investigation into the attack in Salisbury on former double agent Sergei Skripal, said it was investigating the death of a man in his 60s in Kingston in southwest London but did not identify him.

Scotland Yard said in a statement: "Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 22:46 on Monday, 12 March to reports of a man found deceased at a residential address in Clarence Avenue, New Malden".

The Metropolitan police also said that "the death is now being treated as an unexplained", while "there is no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury".

"There is no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury", the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. He was known as the "godfather of the Kremlin" before fleeing to London in 2000 after a row with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

The death is believed to be of Nikolai Glushkov, who was convicted of fraud and money-laundering in Russian Federation and served five years in prison before being released and fleeing to the UK.


Mr Glushkov is said to have not believed his friend had taken his own life, and told the Guardian: 'Too many deaths [of Russian emigres] have been happening'. His family has been informed and a post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

The 68-year-old Russian exile admitted feeling next on the "list" after close pal Boris Berezovsky died in 2013 from an apparent suicide.

Mr Glushkov was the former deputy director of airline Aeroflot and a former finance manager of ActoVAZ.

Glushkov said: "You have the deaths of Boris and Badri over a short period of time". His death was not treated as suspicious, but his friends were not convinced and a coroner later recorded an open verdict.

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