EXILED Russian Nikolai Glushkov has been found dead at his London home, Russian media has reported.
Glushkov, who was a close friend of one-time Putin ally Boris Berezovsky, reportedly died at the age of 68.
Ki Price – The Times Nikolai Glushkov died at the age of 68
It comes after ex Russian spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia were poisoned using a nerve agent manufactured in Russia.
Police are investigating how they came to be targeted, with Prime Minister Theresa May giving President Vladimir Putin a deadline to explain Russia’s involvement.
There is no suggestion the Salisbury poisoning was linked to Glushkov’s death.
Media tycoon Demyan Kudryavtysev shared a tribute to Glushkov, the former deputy director of Aeroflo, saying: “We have friends in common.
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east2west Nikolay Glushkov, left, with Boris Berezovsky, centre
AP:Associated Press Glushkov had reportedly been suffering from a rare blood disease WHO WAS GLUSHKOV?
Nikolai Glushkov was once one of the most powerful businessmen in Russia and instrumental in Vladimir Putin’s rise to power before falling foul of the regime.
The 68-year-old former deputy director of Russian state airline Aeroflot spent five years in jail due to money laundering and fraud and was freed in 2004, eventually being granted political asylum in the UK.
Glushkov was a close friend of the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky, an outspoken Putin critic who was also convicted of having defrauded Aeroflot in the 1990s.
He gave evidence at a 2011 court case brought by Berezovsky against Roman Abramovich.
After Berzovsky’s death in 2013 Glushkov was vocal about his disbelief it was a suicide.
In 2017 was sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison in a case of $122million embezzlement from the airline – he was ordered to pay the entire sum back.
He has two grown up children, Natasha and Dima, and an ex-wife who lives in Moscow.
“They told me about his death. I do not know anything about the exact cause, but he was not young.
“He died in London, in his house.”
Glushkov had previously been vocal that he did not believe his friend Berezovsky’s death was due to natural causes.
Berezovsky was found dead in 2013 in an apparent suicide but an inquest into his death recorded an open verdict.
Speaking to The Guardian in 2013, he said: “I will never believe in the natural death of Boris Berezovsky.”
His friend Berezovsky was once a powerful friend of the Vladimir Putin, but fled to London in 2000 after falling out with the Russian President.
Glushkov lived in the UK, in a home in Kingston, South West London, after being granted political asylum in the country in 2010.
A Russian radio station reported that Glushkov had been suffering from a rare blood disease hemochromatosis, which causes your body to absorb too much iron from your food.
No official cause of death has been confirmed.
He was tried in absentia in Moscow, sentenced to eight years behind bars over allegations of stealing $123m from Aeroflot.
Archive video of radiation experts and cops at estate of exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky following his death