Probe on after Russian businessman dies
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.