LONDON (Reuters) – British police mentioned on Friday they’d launched a homicide investigation following the dying this week of a Russian affiliate of late tycoon Boris Berezovsky.
“A murder investigation has been launched following the results of a post mortem into the death of 68-year-old Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov,” London’s Metropolitan Police mentioned, including the reason for dying was “compression to the neck”.
The police mentioned in an announcement that at this stage there was nothing to counsel a hyperlink to the tried murders of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter on March four or that poison was concerned.
Earlier on Friday Russia’s Investigative Committee mentioned it had opened a legal investigation into each the tried homicide of Yulia Skripal and what it mentioned was the homicide of Glushkov. It additionally mentioned it was able to cooperate with British authorities on the 2 circumstances.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson mentioned on Friday it was “overwhelmingly likely” that Russian President Vladimir Putin himself had made the choice to make use of a military-grade nerve toxin to strike down Sergei Skripal.
Russia has denied any involvement and has accused Britain of whipping up Russophobia
London police mentioned specialist counter-terrorism officers continued to steer the investigation into Glushkov’s dying as a precaution as a result of associations he was believed to have had.
“GODFATHER OF THE KREMLIN”
British inside minister Amber Rudd instructed police and intelligence providers earlier this week to take a look at 14 deaths over latest years which weren’t initially handled as suspicious by police however the place media allegations of Russian state involvement had been made.
Glushkov had labored for Russian airline Aeroflot and at Berezovksy’s LogoVAZ automobile company.
Berezovsky was found dead in March 2013 with a shawl tied round his neck within the toilet of a luxurious mansion west of London.
The 67-year-old tycoon had been considered one of Russia’s strongest figures within the years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Berezovsky was often called the “godfather of the Kremlin” earlier than fleeing to London after a row with Putin in 2000, the yr the previous KGB officer turned Russia’s president.
Britain granted Berezovsky political asylum three years in a while the grounds that his life can be in peril if he went again home.
His household feared he may have been murdered by enemies in Russia, however British police and forensic consultants concluded that Berezovsky had dedicated suicide.
A British decide in 2014 reached an open verdict on Berezovsky’s dying, saying he couldn’t make certain if the Russian killed himself at his former spouse’s British home or was the sufferer of foul play.
Reporting by William Schomberg and David Milliken; Editing by Gareth Jones