Exiled Russian found dead in London, Kremlin ignores May’s deadline

Published: 14 March 2018


Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian exile living in Britain, has been found dead at a home in south-west London, while the Kremlin has refused to offer an explanation to UK Prime Minister Theresa May over the nerve agent attack on a former spy.

London Ambulance Service called police to the address on Clarence Avenue in New Malden, when they discovered the body of Mr Glushkov.

Metropolitan Police said the death was being treated as “unexplained” and a post-mortem examination would be held, with Met Police Counter

Terrorism Command leading the investigation.

“At this stage the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had,” it said.

Mr Glushkov was a close associate to late oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who was an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin – it is this connection that has Terrorism Command investigating the death.

Mr Berezovsky had been granted political asylum in Britain in 2003, after he fled Russia in 2000 after a fight with Putin.

In March 2013 Mr Berezovsky was found dead in his Ascot mansion with a scarf tied around his neck.

A British investigation found he had committed suicide, despite his family’s fears he had been murdered by Russian agents.

The news of Mr Glushkov’s death came just hours before the deadline set by Prime Minister May for Russia to explain how a Soviet-era nerve gas came to be used on a former Russian spy in Salisbury.

However, a Russian embassy member told Reuters the Kremlin would not be responding to the deadline until Russia could conduct its own testing.

“Russia will not respond to London’s ultimatum until it receives samples of the chemical substance,” they said.

The official also reiterated that Russia did not have any part in the nerve agent attack, and any “punitive measures” against the country would result in a response from the Kremlin.

Investigators at this stage believe there is “no evidence” of a connection between Mr Glushkov and the nerve gas poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

“There is no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury,” it said.