Russian exile Glushkov in mystery death in London

Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov found dead in his home in London

United Kingdom counter-terror police are investigating the "unexplained death" of a Russian businessman in London. Police said he committed suicide but Glushkov told The Guardian in 2013 that he suspected foul play.

Police were quick to suggest there is now no evidence to link the death to events in Salisbury, where the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a weapons-grade nerve agent that was only ever produced in Russian Federation.

Police were called at 2246 GMT (6.46 p.m. ET) on Monday to a residential address in Clarence Avenue, New Malden, where a man in his 60s was found dead.

Counter-terror police said it was in charge of the probe "as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had", a spokesman said.

The death comes nine days after former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury after being poisoned by a rare nerve agent. He was known as the "godfather of the Kremlin" before fleeing to London in 2000 after a row with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

"Whilst we believe we know the identity of the deceased, formal identification is yet to take place", police said in a statement.

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Glushkov, who worked for Berezovsky's companies Aeroflot and AvtoVAZ, was discovered by his daughter Natalya at his house in New Malden in southwest London on Monday, the reports said.

"The death is now being treated as an unexplained".

Glushkov received political asylum in London and gave evidence in Berezovksy's court case against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in 2011.

In March 2013, Berezovsky was found hanged in his ex-wife's home. His death was not treated as suspicious, but his friends were not convinced and a coroner later recorded an open verdict.

Glushkov was subsequently charged with money laundering and fraud and served five years in jail in Russian Federation.

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