Probe on af­ter Rus­sian busi­ness­man dies

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

LON­DON — A Rus­sian busi­ness­man as­so­ci­ated with a prom­i­nent critic of the Krem­lin has died in Lon­don, his lawyer said Tues­day.

Po­lice are treat­ing the death as un­ex­plained and have put counter-ter­ror­ism de­tec­tives in charge.

At­tor­ney An­drei Borovkov told Rus­sian me­dia out­lets that his client, Niko­lai Glushkov, has died, but said he was un­aware of the time and cir­cum­stances.

Lon­don’s Metropoli­tan Po­lice force said the de­tec­tives were lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion “as a pre­cau­tion be­cause of as­so­ci­a­tions that the man is be­lieved to have had.”

Re­ports in Bri­tish and Rus­sian me­dia said Glushkov, in his late 60s, was found dead at his home in south­west Lon­don.

Glushkov was an as­so­ciate of Boris Bere­zovsky, a Rus­sian oli­garch and Krem­lin critic who died in Lon­don in 2013.

An inquest failed to de­ter­mine whether he had killed him­self or died from foul play.

Glushkov had worked for var­i­ous Bere­zovsky en­ter­prises, in­clud­ing the car fac­tory Av­toVAZ and flag­ship Rus­sian air­line Aeroflot.

He was ar­rested in

1999 and put on trial for em­bez­zling $7 mil­lion from Aeroflot.

In 2004, he was sen­tenced to three years and three months, but re­leased due to time served.

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