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

A police officer outside the scene of a property where the body of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov was found in New Malden South London Britain

Although police say there is now no link to the attempted murders of Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia, the Metropolitan Police said the force's Counter Terrorism Command would continue to lead the Glushkov's murder investigation "because to the associations Mr Glushkov is believed to have had".

Mr Glushkov was found dead at his home in New Malden, southwest London, on Monday evening.

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.

The other day, the Russian Investigative Committee initiated criminal cases into the death of Nikolay Glushkov and the poisoning of Sergei and Yuliya Skripal. His death is now one of a number being re-examined by the British authorities. The Metropolitan Police said, "whilst we believe we know the identity of the deceased, formal identification is yet to take place".

Counter-terrorism police are investigating the death as a precaution because of the associations that the man, aged in his 60s, is believed to have had.

He was linked to late Kremlin opponent Boris Berezovsky, an oligarch and one-time supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was found hanged in his home outside London in 2013. Putin's spokesman denounced the comment as "shocking and inexcusable".

Glushkov had worked for the state airline, Aeroflot, along with Berezovsky's LogoVaz auto company. Police ruled his death a suicide.

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

He was arrested in 1999 and put on trial for embezzling $7 million from Aeroflot.

Glushkov had received political asylum in Britain after being jailed in Russian Federation for money laundering and fraud.

After receiving another suspended sentence for fraud in 2006, Mr Glushkov was granted political asylum in the United Kingdom when he fled Moscow.

Mr Glushkov, a Russian exile who lived in south London, was...

It said Russian Federation had sought his extradition in 2015 "for committing a number of severe financial offences on the territory of Russian Federation", but the British government refused.

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