UK Police Worry About Russian Migrants After Ex Aeroflot Executive's Murder

The retired Russian executive was found dead last Monday evening at his home in south-west London, where he had lived for two years.

British police have launched a murder probe into the death of Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov in London, after a post-mortem examination found he died from "compression to the neck".

Officials say there is no evidence to suggest that Mr Glushkov's death and the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury on 4 March are linked, but the launch of the murder probe is likely to further heighten tensions between the United Kingdom and Russia.

The former Foreign Secretary made what was described as "one of the most effective resignation speeches in modern British politics" when he quit Tony Blair's government over war in the Gulf.

As a "precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had", the Metropolitan police's counterterrorism unit is in charge of the investigation.

There is no evidence linking his death to the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal, who remains in a critical condition alongside his daughter after the pair were slipped a suspected nerve agent. In 2013 he was found hanged at home.

Alex Goldfarb, an opponent of Mr Putin who knew Mr Glushkov, said: "I think he was murdered by the Russians". A coroner later recorded an open verdict in his cause of death.

Glushkov was reportedly due to appear in court in London on the morning of his death but failed to appear.

A Russian exile in London has told Sky News he has been spoken to by police about his own safety in the wake of Mr Glushkov's death. Police ruled his death a suicide.

Mr Glushkov worked for Mr Berezovsky's LogoVaz auto company in Russian Federation, before becoming the first deputy general director for Russia's flag carrier Aeroflot in the late 1990s.

Mr Glushkov, a prominent critic of the Kremlin, had received political asylum in Britain after being jailed in Russian Federation for money laundering and fraud.

  • Jon Douglas