Counter terror police have launched an investigation after exiled anti-Putin Russian mogul Nikolai Glushkov was found dead with ‘strangulation marks’ at his London home.
The body of 68-year-old Glushkov was found just before 11pm last night and cops revealed they are treating his death as “unexplained”.
Police were called at 2246 GMT on Monday to a residential address in Clarence Avenue, New Malden, where a man in his 60s was found dead.
“The death is currently being treated as an unexplained,” said London police.“There is no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury.”
Police did not release the man’s name saying the man had not been formally identified. Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was a former associate of the late Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky.
Mr Berezovsky was found hanged at his home near Ascot, Berkshire, in March 2013, aged 67. A coroner recorded an open verdict after an inquest.
The exact circumstances of Mr Glushkov’s death are not yet known and police have not yet formally identified him.
Mr Glushkov left Russia after he received a two-year suspended prison sentence for fraud in 2006 from a Moscow court and moved to London.
He was a former deputy director of Aeroflot, a Russian airline company.
In March last year, he was handed a second eight-year sentence in absentia and a one million Russian Ruble fine for allegedly defrauding the airline firm of $122 million during his tenure as finance director there in the late 1990s.
Mr Glushkov lived in the UK, in a home in New Malden, Kingston, south-west London, after being granted political asylum in the country in 2010.