Counter-terror cops probe death of Russian Nikolai Glushkov in London

Counter-terror cops probe death of Russian Nikolai Glushkov in London

In 1999, Glushkov was charged with money laundering and fraud after Berezovsky fell out with Russian President Vladimir Putin and fled to Britain. British police said at the time they found no sign of a struggle, suggesting Berezovsky had taken his own life.

Theresa May told Moscow to explain how a nerve agent produced in Russia came to be used in an attempted assassination of a former Russian double-agent and his daughter in Salisbury.

"The death is now being treated as an unexplained", a London police statement said.

A lawyer for Glushkov did not specify a cause of death.

Speaking to The Guardian at the time, Glushkov said he was extremely sceptical that Berezovsky who was found hanged in a bathroom had died of natural causes.

Glushkov was a close friend of another Russian man, Boris Berezovsky, who was granted asylum in the United Kingdom after he faced a jail term in Russia.

The death of a 68-year-old Russian man in London is being investigated by counter-terrorism officers, Scotland Yard has said.

News of Glushkov's death comes amid heightened tensions between the London and Moscow over the recent poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter.

In the 1990s, Glushkov served as deputy managing director at Russia's flag carrier Aeroflot and worked for Berezovsky's LogoVAZ vehicle company.

Russian media said he was granted political asylum in Britain in 2010. In 2011, he gave evidence at the court case brought by Berezovsky against Kremlin-friendly oligarch Roman Abramovich.

"I'm definite Boris was killed". Natasha is believed to live in the UK. Then, in March 2017, Glushkov was handed a second eight-year sentence in absentia and a one million Russian Rouble fine for allegedly defrauding Aeroflot of $122 million during his tenure as finance director there in the late 1990s.

Wilson said Russian Federation has "failed for many years to declare chemical weapons development programs which date from the 1970s" and that London has demanded that Moscow now "come clean".

The White House on Monday condemned the poisoning of the ex-Russian spy in the U.K."The use of a highly lethal nerve agent on U.K. soil is an outrage. I hadn't noticed him, but I don't know what's happened - the police said they are still searching and there are lots of police cars". Today, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said such claims were "nonsense".

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