Putin critic Nikolai Glushkov's death has been confirmed as murder

  • Russian political exile Nikolai Glushkov was found dead in London on Monday night.
  • British police said he was murdered, killed by a compression to the neck.
  • The 69-year-old previously said he was part of a Kremlin hit-list.


The anti-Putin Russian exile who was found dead in London earlier this week was murdered, British police have confirmed.

Nikolai Glushkov, 69, was found dead at his house in southwest London around 10:46 p.m. on Monday. A subsequent pathologist report found that Glushkov died by a "compression to the neck," London's Metropolitan Police said on Friday.

Glushkov was best known for being a close associate of Russian oligarch and prominent Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, who was found dead on the bathroom floor of his ex-wife's house in Ascot, southeast England, in 2013.

Shortly after Berezovsky's death, Glushkov told The Guardian that he was also a target of the Russian government.

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 19. Former first deputy director general of Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, Nikolai Glushkov (in pic), who was arrested on December 7 on the charge of major group fraud, seen on his way to the trial. After hearings Moscow's Lefortovo municipal court found valid the arrest of the former director, one of the main figures of the Aeroflot case, and didn't change its sanctions. Glushkov's keeping in custody is to be continued. (Photo by Nikolai Glushkov / ITAR-TASS via Getty Images)
Police stand on duty outside the home of Nikolai Glushkov in New Malden, on the outskirts of London Britain, March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police vehicles and officers guard the home of Nikolai Glushkov while his corpse is removed, in New Malden, Britain March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
A man carries equipment as he arrives outside the home of Nikolai Glushkov in New Malden, on the outskirts of London, Britain, March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Forensics investigators work at the home of Nikolai Glushkov in New Malden, on the outskirts of London, Britain, March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Police forensics officers erect a tarpaulin sheet over the rear of the home of Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov who was found dead at his home in New Molden on March 14, 2018 in London, England. Metropolitan police have said the counter-terrorism command unit was leading the investigation into the man's death, the cause of which is not yet clear. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Two police forensics officers prepare to enter a police tent outside the home of Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov who was found dead at his home in New Molden on March 14, 2018 in London, England. Metropolitan police have said the counter-terrorism command unit was leading the investigation into the man's death, the cause of which is not yet clear. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Police forensics officers carry a shovel and other gardening tools into a forensics tent outside the home of Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov who was found dead at his home in New Malden on March 14, 2018 in London, England. Metropolitan police have said the counter-terrorism command unit was leading the investigation into the man's death, the cause of which is not yet clear. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
A forensics investigators climbs over the back garden fence of the home of Nikolai Glushkov in New Malden, on the outskirts of London, Britain, March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Forensics investigators work at the home of Nikolai Glushkov in New Malden, on the outskirts of London, Britain, March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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He alleged that Berezovsky and Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy who was killed in 2006 with polonium poison, had both been on a Kremlin hit-list.

Glushkov said at the time: "I don't see anyone left on it apart from me."

On Wednesday, Glushkov's friend Alex Goldfarb also claimed that Russian intelligence agencies had held a grudge against Glushkov since the 1990s.

Glushkov was granted asylum in the UK in 2010. The Russian national previously worked at Berezovsky's car company LogoVAZ and Russian state airline Aeroflot, from which he was convicted of stealing $100 million last year.

He had been expected in commercial court on the morning of his death to defend a claim made against him by Aeroflot. An unidentified friend told The Guardian that Glushkov "had been getting ready for this for months."

British counterterrorism officers are leading the investigation "as a precaution" because of Glushkov's associations.

They added that there was "nothing to suggest any link" to the attempted assassination of ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, who is the subject of a diplomatic dispute between Moscow and London.

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