Murder inquiry over Russian’s London death

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Image caption Ruskies businessman Nikolai Glushkov was discovered dead at his home upon March 12

UK police possess launched a murder investigation following the death of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov in south-west London.

Mister Glushkov was found dead with his home within New Malden on 12 Mar.

A post-mortem evaluation revealed Mr Glushkov, who was 68, died from “compression to the neck”.

There is, at this stage, simply no evidence linking the death in order to the particular attempted murder of a former Ruskies spy and his daughter in Salisbury , police say.

Detectives are retaining an open thoughts and are appealing for any information that can help the investigation.

Especially, they are appealing for anyone who may have noticed or heard anything suspicious in or near his home within Clarence Avenue, New Malden, among Sunday 11 March and Mon 12 March to contact them.

Police on Friday continuing to guard the home lived in simply by Mr Glushkov. A blue plus a purple tent was erected to pay the front drive of the property, that can be cordoned off along with several adjacent properties either side.

Mr Glushkov is the former mouthpiece director of Russian state flight Aeroflot.

He has been jailed in 1999 for five many years after being charged with cash laundering and fraud.

After being given the suspended sentence for another count associated with fraud in 2006, he had been granted political asylum in the UK this year and became a critic associated with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Former PR and marketing executive Lord Bell, who was a detailed friend of Mr Glushkov, referred to him as a “very charming, amusing, affectionate man who had a stressed past”.

He stated he was “concerned” his pal’s past might have made Russia think about him to have worked against the condition.

Kate Fitzsimmons, a good 87-year-old neighbour of Mr Glushkov, said he was “just a regular friendly Englishman” who would wave in her across the road.

She said his death as well as the subsequent police activity was a “big shock”.

Mr Glushkov had a close friendship with many other Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky, who also came to the UK in 1999 after receding with Mr Putin.

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Image caption Investigators are appealing for witnesses who have been in the New Malden area upon 11 March and 12 03

Mister Berezovsky was found hanged within the bathroom of his Berkshire house in 2013 and an inquest recorded an open verdict.

Meanwhile, Russia’s investigative committee reports it has opened a criminal situation investigation into “the murder” associated with Mr Glushkov and the “attempted murder” of Yulia Skripal.

Ms Skripal and her father, the former Ruskies spy Sergei Skripal, were discovered unconscious on a bench in Salisbury earlier this month after coming in contact with a nerve agent.

The UK government says the Skripals were poisoned with a nerve broker of a type developed by Russia known as Novichok, and Prime Minister Theresa May said she believed Moscow was “culpable”.

International Secretary Boris Johnson added it had been “overwhelmingly likely” that Mr Putin personally ordered the nerve real estate agent attack in Salisbury.

Evaluation

By BBC home affairs reporter Danny Shaw

What is significant about this case is the fact that counter-terrorism police are investigating this particular murder – normally it would be carried out by a homicide team.

Scotland Yard says that is becoming done as a precaution because of their associations – he was a buddy of Mr Berezovsky, who passed away in slightly mysterious circumstances, plus Mr Glushkov said before this individual died he not believe their friend’s death was a suicide.

He was also wanted by Russian Federation. He was on the list of people the British got refused to extradite.

In Russia, he was dealing with charges including large-scale fraud plus embezzling money relating to Aeroflot.

Speaking during a visit to a western London military museum with the Gloss foreign minister, Mr Johnson mentioned the UK’s “quarrel is with Putin’s Kremlin”.

“We believe it overwhelmingly likely that it was their decision to direct the use of a neural agent on the streets of the UNITED KINGDOM, on the streets of Europe, initially since the Second World War, inch he said.

Mister Glushkov’s death comes in the same 7 days as Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced that a string of fatalities on UK soil are to be reinvestigated by the police and MI5 right after claims of Russian involvement.

BuzzFeed News claimed to have evidence of 14 deaths which were actually murders by the Russian condition or mafia allies.

In each of the cases, police inspections and inquests did not find proof of any crime.