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Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov found dead in his home in London

Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov found dead in his home in London

The counter-terrorism command unit is leading the investigation into the March 12 death of Nikolai Glushkov, a close associate of late Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, the Metropolitan police said.

Mr Glushkov was discovered by his family and friends at his house in New Maldon, in London's south-west, late on Monday night, aged 68, the Guardian said.

Nikolai Glushkov's death comes amid heightened concern following a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England and as the government said it would investigate the deaths of a number of Russia-linked individuals which have raised suspicions. Police said he committed suicide but Glushkov told The Guardian in 2013 that he suspected foul play.

An exiled Russian who was friends with an oligarch that fell out with Vladimir Putin has been found dead in Britain.

Police did not release the man's name saying the man had not been formally identified. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course. "If there is a change in the status of the investigation, an update will be provided", the Met said.

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Glushkov received political asylum in Britain after serving five years in prison in Russian Federation for money laundering and fraud, the Guardian newspaper reported.

Glushkov had worked for Russian airline Aeroflot and at Berezovksy's LogoVAZ vehicle company.

Glushkov was friends with Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch who died in London in 2013. His death was not treated as suspicious, but his friends were not convinced and a coroner later recorded an open verdict.

Glushkov is believed to have two grown up children, Natasha and Dima, and an ex-wife who lives in Moscow.

In 2017, during a trial in absentia in Russia, Glushkov was sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing $123m from Aeroflot.