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Introduction — March 16, 2018

Nikolai Glushkov. Click to enlarge

Nikolai Glushkov was found dead in his New Malden home in Surrey days after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
Coming so soon after Skripal’s poisoning suspicions were raised and now they’ve apparently been confirmed: police are treating the death of the 68-year-old Russian as murder.
Would the Russians really be so stupid as to kill another Russian exile and a friend of Boris Berezovsky, an outspoken critic of President Putin, so quickly after trying to kill Sergei Skripal? If indeed thay had tried to kill him. Or was Nikolai Glushkow’s death simply used to ram home the message that Western intelligence would like us to believe: namely that Putin is a ruthless tyrant? Ed.

Police treating death of Russian businessman Nikolay Glushkov as murder

ITV News — March 16, 2018

Counter-terror police are treating the death of 68-year-old Russian businessman Nikolay Glushkov as murder, Scotland Yard said.

Scotland Yard said a post-mortem examination found that Mr Glushkov’s cause of death was “compression to the neck”.

The businessman was a close friend of Vladimir Putin critic Boris Berezovsky.

The Met added: “At this stage, there is nothing to suggest any link to the attempted murders in Salisbury, nor any evidence that he was poisoned.”

Mr Glushkov’s body was found at his home in Clarence Avenue, New Malden, south-west London on Monday but police said at the time his death was “unexplained”.

The retired financial director had lived at the New Malden address for two years.

Scotland Yard said its Counter-Terrorism Command is leading the murder investigation “because of the associations Mr Glushkov is believed to have had”.

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