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Russian exiles contacted over safety after tycoon murder

BBC     17th March, 2018 12:44:42 printer

Russian exiles contacted over safety after tycoon murder


UK police have begun to contact a number of Russian exiles to discuss their safety as they investigate the murder of businessman Nikolai Glushkov.


The 68-year-old's body was found at his home in south London on 12 March.


The BBC has been told police and the security services have reassessed their view that exiles are at a low risk.


Former Aeroflot executive Mr Glushkov was given political asylum in 2010 and the UK had blocked attempts by Russia to extradite him.


Police say there is no evidence at this stage linking Mr Glushkov's death to the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury on 4 March.


The Metropolitan Police said a post-mortem examination found Mr Glushkov died from "compression to the neck".


Mr Glushkov is the former deputy director of Russian state airline Aeroflot.


He was jailed in 1999 for five years after being charged with money laundering and fraud.


After being given a suspended sentence for another count of fraud in 2006, he was granted political asylum in the UK.


He was due to appear in court in London this week. The Russian authorities were pursuing him for more than £100m of Aeroflot's money.


He had also been a close friend of Boris Berezovsky, who also lived in Britain and died in 2013. Both men were critics of President Vladimir Putin.


Mr Berezovsky was found hanged in the bathroom of his former wife's Berkshire home in 2013.


Former PR and advertising executive Lord Bell, who was a close friend of Mr Glushkov, said he was "concerned" his friend's past might have made Russia consider him to have worked against the state.



Mr Glushkov's death comes in the same week as Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced that some of the deaths are to be reinvestigated by the police and MI5.


Moscow has denied any involvement in the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skrpal, which is being treated as attempted murder. The pair remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital.


The UK government says the Skripals were poisoned with a nerve agent of a type developed by Russia called Novichok, and Prime Minister Theresa May said she believed Moscow was "culpable".