Another Putin Enemy Found Dead in UK

Russian Nikolai Glushkov, 68, who was associated with a leading critic of Vladamir Putin has been found dead in London, UK. Police said his death was “unexplained,” and his family have been informed. 

“A post-mortem examination will be held in due course,” police said. “The death is currently being treated as unexplained.” 

Police answered a call at 10.46pm on Monday to find the man dead in his home in Clarence Avenue, New Malden. 

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 UK in 2006. Mr. Berezovsky was found dead in his bathroom in 2013; police found no signs of struggle. 

Mr Glushkov commented at the time, saying “I don't believe Boris died of natural causes. Too many deaths [of Russian exiles] have been happening.” 

Mr Berezovsky’s death is one of up to 14 under review by police and MI5, after the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury last week. 

The Prime Minister of the UK, Theresa May, said, regarding the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, that it was "highly likely" Russia was responsible. She added that if there was no "credible response" by the end of yesterday, the UK would conclude there was an "unlawful use of force" by Russia. 

“It is now clear that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia,” she said. 

"Either this was a direct action by the Russian state against our country, or the Russian Government lost control of its potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others," she concluded. 

The police have said that the counter-terrorism command was leading the investigation “as a precaution because of the associations that the man is believed to have had,” but no immediate evidence was found to link this case to the incident involving Sergei Skripal’s and his daughter’s last week.

By Tom Day

14 March 2018 12:03