Anti-Putin oligarch found strangled in his London home
A Russian businessman linked to a prominent Kremlin critic was found dead in his London home with strangulation marks on his neck, and authorities quickly opened an anti-terrorism investigation.
Anti-Vladimir Putin Russian mogul Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was found dead Monday night with “strangulation marks” at his London home, the Sun newspaper reported.
But police said there was no evidence to suggest a link to the March 4 poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, who remain hospitalized in critical condition.
Attorney Andrei Borovkov told Russian media outlets that Glushkov had died, but said he was unaware of the circumstances.
London’s Metropolitan Police said counterterrorism detectives are leading the investigation “as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had.”
Glushkov was an associate of Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch and Kremlin critic who died in London in 2013.
An inquest failed to determine whether he had killed himself or died from foul play.
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.
Russian media reported that Glushkov was granted political asylum in Britain in 2010.
In 2017, a Moscow court reviewed Glushkov’s case and sentenced him in absentia to eight years for embezzling more than $122 million from Aeroflot.
Last year, Glushkov appeared on a list published by the Russian Embassy in London of Russians wanted for serious crimes whom the UK had refused to extradite.
It said Russia had sought his extradition in 2015 “for committing a number of severe financial offenses on the territory of Russia,” but the British government refused.