Nikolai Glushkov’s physique was faraway from his terraced dwelling final night time
His physique was faraway from his terraced dwelling beneath the duvet of darkness at eight.15pm final night time, with the highway closed to site visitors.
A non-public ambulance reversed as much as a tent exterior the property in south west London as police vans shielded the view from the general public.
Mr Glushkov, 69, was found by his household late on Monday night time. Police have described his demise as “unexplained” and haven’t but linked it to the nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury over per week in the past of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and daughter Yulia, 33.
However Russian newspaper Kommersant has claimed Mr Glushkov was discovered by his daughter with “strangulation” marks on his neck.
Final yr he was jailed in his absence in Russia within the wake of allegations he embezzled £87million when he headed Russian airline Aeroflot.
There have been traces of him being strangled across the neck
He was beforehand jailed for 4 years in 2000 following claims of monetary impropriety.
Glushkov was a detailed good friend of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who was pressured to depart Moscow after falling out with Vladimir Putin.
Mr Berezovsky had fled to London and the pair have been reunited when Mr Glushkov additionally moved to Britain 5 years later.
Mr Glushkov was concerned in a courtroom case between Mr Berezovsky and Chelsea proprietor Roman Abramovich in 2011.
Mr Berezovsky was discovered useless on the lavatory ground of his southern England property in 2013 with a shawl round his neck.
Glushkov was a detailed affiliate of Boris Berezovsky (C), who was pressured to flee Russia
At an inquest, the coroner stated it was tough to determine whether or not he had been killed or dedicated suicide.
Mr Glushkov stated on the time that he believed Mr Berezovsky had been killed. He stated: “A shawl was there.
“There have been traces of him being strangled across the neck. Too many deaths [of Russian emigres] have been taking place.”
Mr Berezovsky’s demise is one among 14 now being re-examined following the Salisbury poisoning. Neighbours in New Malden stated Mr Glushkov had not been seen for the reason that assault on Mr Skripal.
His subsequent door neighbour stated the Russian exile, who lived alone, was a “good man” who used to offer his youngsters items at Christmas.
The neighbour, who didn’t wish to be named, stated: “He used to say hey on the street and he got here to offer our youngsters items at Christmas, he was a pleasant man.
The Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is main the investigation
I believe he lived on his personal. He lived there for about two years however we solely noticed him often, when he was placing the garbage out, issues like that.
“I didn’t discover something final night time, we didn’t hear something, however there are police tents within the backyard.
“Police stated they’re nonetheless looking. There are many police automobiles.”
A girl who lives close by stated: “There have been 5 – 6 police automobiles this morning about six o’clock, proper throughout the road from us. I didn’t actually know the person. We used to see him out together with his canine however that’s it.
“I’m actually shocked that this has occurred in our avenue.”
A resident on the identical highway added: “I noticed two police tents on the drive once I walked the canine this morning. I don’t know something in regards to the individuals who lived there – it’s suburban London, most individuals don’t know their neighbours.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesman stated: “An investigation is underway after the demise of a person in his 60s within the Kingston borough. Police have been known as by the ambulance service at 10.46pm on Monday to experiences of man discovered useless at an tackle in New Malden. Officers attended and subsequent of kin have been knowledgeable.
“The demise is at present being handled as an unexplained.
“At this stage the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is main the investigation as a precaution due to associations the person is believed to have had.
“There is no such thing as a proof to recommend a hyperlink to the incident in Salisbury.”
In the meantime, commerce between Britain and Russia, which had been on the rise regardless of sanctions over President Putin’s annexation of the Crimea, may now be harmed by sanctions over the Skripal case.
Commerce between the international locations topped £11.5billion final yr, with the British Chambers of Commerce describing Russia as “one of the vital promising markets for UK exporters”.
Police and forensics at a residential tackle in Clarence Avenue, New Malden
Britain exports its monetary experience and luxurious automobiles and imports Russian oil and gasoline.
UK exports totalled £5.9billion within the yr to the tip of final September, an increase of 10 per cent on the earlier yr, says the Division for Worldwide Commerce.
Imports, dominated by oil and gasoline, totalled £5.7billion, up almost 26 per cent on the earlier yr. However sanctions imposed over Russia’s seizure of the Crimea from the Ukraine in 2014 have all however killed off a small sideline in arms exports.
The Marketing campaign Towards Arms Commerce stated that between 2009 and 2014 the UK licensed £89million value of arms gross sales to Russia. Package offered included sniper rifles, parts for fight helicopters, weapon sights, small arms ammunition, physique armour and weapons.
There have been experiences in 2015 that British-made sniper rifles had discovered their means into the fingers of Syrian Particular Forces. Russia is a long-time ally of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and its forces have been immediately concerned within the Syrian civil conflict since 2015.
Amongst items shipped to Russia are luxurious automobiles that are in excessive demand amongst rich oligarchs. Final yr Jaguar Land Rover offered 10,108 automobiles in Russia, which was roughly the identical degree as in 2016.
Final yr Russia’s Commerce Envoy Boris Abramov stated: “We see a big rise in each export and import. UK export to Russia is rising in reference to the expansion of buying capability in Russia.
“That is with regard to shopper and funding items, equivalent to, for instance, industrial equipment.”
The British Chambers of Commerce web site Export Britain additionally hailed the alternatives for commerce with Russia, with this summer time’s World Cup offering new openings.
It states: “With over 140 million customers, a rising center class, and nearly limitless infrastructure wants, Russia is without doubt one of the most promising markets for exporters.”
Nonetheless, Britain remains to be a minor buying and selling accomplice when in comparison with China, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Japan.