Just over a week after Sergei Skripal, a Russian double agent, and his daughter were poisoned in London by suspected Russian agents, another critic of Vladimir Putin has met a tragic end.
The New York Post reports that Russian mogul Nikolai Glushkov, 68, a former associate of deceased Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, was found strangled to death in his London home on March 12.
Nikolai Glushkov, a Berezovsky ally convicted of fraud in Russia as deputy director of Aeroflot, has been found dead in the UK. There must be something in the water there that is lethal to exiled Russians https://t.co/CSEkQoXxxV
— Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) March 13, 2018
When police and investigators found marks of strangulation on Glushkov’s body, they launched an anti-terrorism investigation.
The transfer of investigatory responsibility was due to “a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had,” remarked an official with the London Police Department.
Glushkov’s attorney, Andrei Borovkov, spoke with Russian media outlets following news of the death and said that while he was aware that his client had died, he had no details of the surrounding circumstances.
Boris Berezovsky, a former Russian oligarch and Kremlin, was one of the most prominent critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin following the President’s crackdown on the robber baron tactics of Russian oligarchs. Berezovsky was found dead in his Berkshire, England estate in 2013. Investigations into whether he died of natural causes, suicide or foul play failed to state how he met his demise.
The Post writes that, “Glushkov had worked for various Berezovsky enterprises including the car factory AvtoVAZ and flagship Russian airline Aeroflot.
“He was arrested in 1999 and put on trial for embezzling $7 million from Aeroflot.
In 2004, he was sentenced to three years and three months in prison but released because of time served before and during his trial.”
In 2010, Glushkov was granted political asylum in Britain and while there Russian courts sentenced him in absentia to eight years for embezzling more than $122 million from Aeroflot, as well as being charged “for committing a number of severe financial offenses on the territory of Russia.” They British had refused to extradite Glushkov.
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