LONDON (Reuters) – British police mentioned on Monday there was no signal of compelled entry to the home of a Russian businessman who they imagine was murdered at his home in London final week.
The physique of Nikolai Glushkov was found at his home in New Malden, southwest London, with a postmortem concluding he had died of “compression to the neck”.
Glushkov, who had as soon as labored for Russian airline Aeroflot was an affiliate of late tycoon Boris Berezovsky, a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Police mentioned there was nothing to hyperlink his dying to the poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter within the English southern metropolis of Salisbury on March four, an assault Britain has blamed on Russia.
“We have found no sign of forced entry thus far, but the forensic examination at Mr Glushkov’s home continues and we expect to be there for some time,” mentioned Commander Clarke Jarrett from London’s Counter Terrorism Command.
“I must stress that there is nothing we have found in our investigation so far to suggest any link to the attempted murders in Salisbury and I would like to reassure the public in New Malden that there are no wider public health concerns in relation to this investigation.”
Jarrett mentioned there was additionally no proof Glushkov had been poisoned.
Berezovsky, 67, one in all Russia’s strongest figures within the years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, fled to London after a row with Putin in 2000. He was found dead in March 2013 with a shawl tied round his neck within the toilet of a luxurious mansion west of London.
Police and forensic consultants concluded that Berezovsky had dedicated suicide however a British coroner concluded he couldn’t make sure if the Russian killed himself or was the sufferer of foul play.
His dying is one in all 14 being re-examined by British police and safety providers within the wake of Skripal’s tried homicide.
Glushkov was additionally buddies with Marina Litvinenko whose husband Alexander was poisoned with a uncommon radioactive isotope in 2006, a killing a British public inquiry mentioned was carried out by two Russians in an operation most likely ordered by Putin. Moscow has rejected any suggestion of involvement within the homicide.
Reporting by Michael Holden; enhancing by Guy Faulconbridge