United Kingdom counter-terror police probe 'unexplained' death of Russian businessman

United Kingdom counter-terror police probe 'unexplained' death of Russian businessman

A Russian exile, Nikolai Glushkov has been found dead at his home in London just over a week after a nerve attack on a former double agent.

Sky News' home affairs correspondent, Mark White, said Mr Glushkov's home in New Malden, southwest London, is being treated as a crime scene.

They added there is no evidence to suggest the death is linked to the incident in Salisbury, where a former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with nerve agent which the United Kingdom government believes came from Russia.

The UK government has said it is "highly likely" Russia is behind the attack, and Russian president Vladimir Putin has been given until midnight to give the UK government an account of what happened.

Officers are not naming him because formal identification is yet to take place.

The death of a 69-year-old Russian man in London is being investigated by counter-terrorism police, Scotland Yard has said.

"The death is now being treated as an unexplained".

A former senior Russian executive linked to late Kremlin opponent Boris Berezovsky has been found dead in London in unexplained circumstances, British and Russian media reported on Tuesday.

Berezovsky was found dead in March 2013 at his ex-wife's home in Berkshire.

Glushkov, who worked for Berezovsky's LogoVAZ vehicle company, was charged with money laundering and fraud and spent five years in jail from 1999.

Police said he killed himself, but his friends were less certain and a coroner recorded an open verdict.

In 2017, during a trial in absentia in Russia, Glushkov was sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing $123m from Aeroflot.

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