Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Counter-terror police investigate 'unexplained' death

Counter-terror police investigate 'unexplained' death

Authorities said the two are believed to have been poisoned by Novichok, a nerve agent believed to be 5 to 8 times more potent than VX or sarin.

A Russian businessman and associate of Russian oligarch and Putin critic Boris Berezovsky was reportedly found dead at the age of 69. Glushkov launched a formal appeal against the decision, while Berezovsky withdrew from public life.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 10.46pm on Monday, 12 March to reports of a man found deceased at a residential address in Clarence Avenue, New Malden.

Scotland Yard last night said the death of Mr Glushkov was being treated as unexplained and counter-terrorism officers were leading the investigation "as a precaution".

Glushkov's death comes in a period of high tension between Russian Federation and the West, following the poisoning of former Soviet double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, U.K., on March 4. Officials in the United Kingdom say they were the victims of a Russian-engineered nerve agent.

They were found in Salisbury, around two and a half hours from London. It is said to have been created by the former Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Russian officials have rejected the idea that their government is responsible for the attack on Skripal.

Wilson also refuted a claim by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Britain would be breaching the treaty that outlaws chemical weapons if it refuses to share with Moscow samples of the nerve agent. The manner of death was classified as "Undetermined".

He noted that a large number of Russian exiles including Berezovsky, and Berezovsky's close friend Alexander Litvinenko, had died under mysterious circumstances. As NPR's Mary Louise Kelly reported, "Traces of a rare, poisonous flowering plant were found in his stomach".

Billionaire and business oligarch Berezovsky later ran afoul of the Kremlin when he publicly denounced Putin and brought a lawsuit against his ally, fellow billionaire Roman Abramovich.

Relations between Britain and Russian Federation have been strained since the murder in London of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died in 2006 after drinking green tea laced with radioactive polonium-210. He conceded that in the period before his death they had quarrelled. Too many bodies are happening.

"I'm definite Boris was killed", he was quoted by the Guardian as saying at the time.

But who is Glushkov, why was he thought to be on Vladimir Putin's "hit list" and how is he connected to Skripal?

He is accused of organizing a large-scale fraud scheme, embezzling money from Russian Airlines.

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