British counter-terror police have started a murder investigation into the death of Russian Nikolai Glushkov who was found dead on Monday at his home in London. A post-mortem examination found the cause of the 68-year-old’s death was compression to the neck.
Glushkov, who had received political asylum in Britain after being jailed in Russia for money laundering and fraud.
British counter-terrorism police said earlier this week they were investigating the death “as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had”. One of Glushkov’s friends was Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who fled to London in 2000 following a quarrel with Vladimir Putin. The Russian embassy said it had sought Glushkov’s extradition in 2015 “for committing a number of severe financial offenses on the territory of Russia”, but the British government refused.
After Berezovsky was found hanged in the bathroom of his Berkshire home in March 2013, Glushkov said he would “never believe” his friend took his own life.
An inquest into Berezovsky’s death was found to be inconclusive.