Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Another exiled Putin opponent found dead in London

Another exiled Putin opponent found dead in London

He was known as the "godfather of the Kremlin" before fleeing to London in 2000 after a row with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

A Russian exile on the run from Moscow was found dead in his home in London, British media reported, citing his lawyer.

Police said the death was not linked to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.

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

PUTIN critic Nikolai Glushkov feared being on a Russian hit-list five years before he was found dead with "strangulation marks" on his neck.

He was released in 2004, before he was granted asylum to the UK.

Glushkov was a close associate of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky.

According to the RBK Russian news site, Glushkov was found guilty of abuse of power in a financial scandal at Aeroflot, and was convicted in absentia of fraud a year ago for allegedly stealing more than $100 million from the company.

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Berezovsky was found dead at home in 2013, an incident which had some hallmarks of suicide, but which Gluskhov was adamant was politically motivated. A close friend of the deceased said to the Russian radio station Govorit Moskva that he may have died of AIDS, adding that Glushkov never hid his homosexuality.

Glushkov died at his London home aged 68, and his cause of death is yet to be confirmed. She is reviewing a range of economic and diplomatic measures in retaliation for the assault with what she identified as the military-grade nerve agent Novichok.

Earlier on Tuesday, Britain's representative to the global chemical weapons watchdog the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Peter Wilson, lambasted Russian Federation.

"He sometimes came in our shop many years ago, by the triangle, but I don't remember what he looked like".

He told reporters on Tuesday that London wants "Russia to declare these programs now". Those found responsible for this use must be held accountable for their actions, " he said.

"Mr. Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia", British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday.

Russian Federation reportedly dismissed the British claims as a "circus show", a "provocation" and "nonsense".

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