Russian exile found dead in London in unexplained circumstances

Nikolai Glushkov has reportedly been found dead at his home in Britain

Glushkov was a friend of Boris Berezovsky, a late Russian businessman who once called for Russian President Vladimir Putin's overthrow.

Mr Glushkov, 68, was found dead on Monday and had been suffering from ill-health.

The cause of his death is now unclear.

Glushkov spoke of the unnatural cause of his friend Berezovsky's suicide as Berezovsky was known to have fallen out with Putin.

"In the weeks to come, I will want to satisfy myself that the allegations are nothing more than that", Ms Rudd said.

Glushkov was also questioned as part of the inquiry into the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with highly radioactive polonium-210 in 2006 in a hotel bar in London.

"Boris was strangled. Either he did it himself or with the help of someone". The Metropolitan Police said there is no evidence to suggest a link between the poisoning and Glushkov's death.

He added: "Too many deaths [of Russian emigres] have been happening".

He gave evidence in a 2011 court case that Berezovsky had brought against Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea Football Club.

The minder told the Telegraph how his employer Glushkov had hatched an escape plan which included a hideaway should his life be put in danger. In 2004, he was sentenced to three years and three months behind bars but was released in the courtroom having served the term in custody.

"You have the deaths of Boris and Badri over a short period of time". It is understood that he had split in recent years from a partner.

There is not now any evidence to link this case to the events in Salisbury where former spy Sergei Skripal and Yulia, his daughter, are still in a critical condition after being poisoned, reports Sky News. Natasha is based in the UK. Last year, a Moscow court tried him in absentia for embezzlement from Aeroflot. It is said to have been created by the former Soviet Union during the Cold War. "Whilst we believe we know the identity of the deceased, formal identification is yet to take place", the police statement said.

"The death is now being treated as unexplained", he said.

The UK government has given the Kremlin until midnight on Tuesday to provide a "credible response", while Russian Federation has denied any involvement and demanded access to the nerve agent in order to assist the investigation.

Glushkov won notoriety in Russia's bare-knuckled transition to a market economy in the 1990s, when business, political and criminal interests often collided amid the privatization of state assets.

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