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March 14, 2018 08:fifty four:forty five

A Russian businessman who modified into linked to a famend critic of the Kremlin has died in London, his lawyer has said.

Key points:

  • Nikolai Glushkov modified into shut ally of Putin critic Boris Berezovsky
  • Police treating loss of life as unexplained, indulge in set counter-terrorism detectives to blame of case
  • Death came as Amber Rudd launched investigation into string of Russian deaths on UK soil

Police are treating the loss of life as unexplained and indulge in set counter-terrorism detectives to blame of the case.

But police said there modified into no proof to counsel a link to the March four poisoning of former behold Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Legal legit Andrei Borovkov told Russian media stores his client, Nikolai Glushkov, had died, nevertheless said he modified into ignorant of the time and cases.

London’s Metropolitan Police force said counter-terrorism detectives indulge in been main the investigation, “as a precaution ensuing from of associations that the person is believed to indulge in had”.

Experiences in British and Russian media said Mr Glushkov, who modified into in his tiring 60s, modified into chanced on tiring at his home in south-west London.

Police said officers indulge in been investigating the “unexplained” loss of life of a man chanced on at a apartment in the New Malden station tiring on Monday (local time).

It didn’t liberate his identify, asserting formal identification had yet to happen

Mr Glushkov modified into an accomplice of Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch and Kremlin critic who died in London in 2013. An inquest failed to search out out whether or now not he had killed himself or died from heinous play.

Mr Glushkov had worked for various Berezovsky enterprises, along with the automobile factory AvtoVAZ and flagship Russian airline Aeroflot.

He modified into arrested in 1999 and set on trial for embezzling $US7 million from Aeroflot. In 2004, he modified into sentenced to just a few years and three months in reformatory, nevertheless launched ensuing from of time served sooner than and right through his trial.

Russian media reported Mr Glushkov modified into granted political asylum in Britain in 2010.

In 2017, a Moscow court docket reviewed Mr Glushkov’s case and sentenced him in absentia to eight years for embezzling bigger than $US122 million from Aeroflot.

Closing twelve months, Mr Glushkov seemed on a checklist printed by the Russian Embassy in London of Russians wished for serious crimes whom the UK had refused to extradite.

It said Russia had sought his extradition in 2015 “for committing a replacement of severe monetary offences on the territory of Russia,” nevertheless the British Government refused.

Mr Glushkov’s loss of life came as Britain’s Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, launched 14 Russian deaths on UK soil would be reinvestigated by police and MI5.

Ms Rudd said the Government takes severely allegations that the deaths, dating aid to 2006, also can indulge in some links to Russia.

“In the weeks to advance, I will favor to satisfy myself that the allegations are nothing bigger than that,” Ms Rudd said.

“The police and MI5 agree and can abet in that endeavour.”

The deaths identified incorporated these of Mr Berezovsky and Alexander Litvinenko.

AP/ABC

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March 14, 2018 08:16:08

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