Russian businessman Glushkov was strangled in 2018, British coroner
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[April 10, 2021]
LONDON (Reuters) - Russian
businessman Nikolai Glushkov, who was found dead in 2018, was strangled
in his home in southwest London by an unidentified person, a British
coroner has ruled, the BBC reported.
Glushkov fled Russia after being accused of fraud during his time as
deputy director of the Aeroflot airline, and was granted political
asylum in the UK in 2010, the BBC reported on Saturday.
Senior coroner Chinyere Inyama ruled that Glushkov was unlawfully
A pathology report summarised to the court said the injuries "could be
consistent with a neck-hold, applied from behind, and the assailant
being behind the victim," the BBC reported.
British police have appealed for information as part of a murder
investigation and said they were seeking to trace a black car that was
seen around his home but which has never been traced.
"This has been a hugely complex, challenging investigation from the
outset," said Commander Richard Smith, head of London police's Counter
"Officers have taken hundreds of statements and collected a large amount
of evidential material, but so far no arrests have been made," he said
in a police statement on Friday.
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Police stand on duty outside the home of Nikolai Glushkov in New
Malden, on the outskirts of London Britain, March 14, 2018.
Counter terrorism police are heading the inquiry into the death. It
occurred shortly after the attempted murders of former Russian spy
Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury,
although detectives said there was nothing to link the events.
Glushkov was also an associate of late Russian tycoon Boris
Berezovsky, who was found dead in March 2013 with a scarf tied
around his neck in the bathroom of a luxury mansion west of London.
His family feared he might have been murdered by enemies from
Russia. British police and forensic experts concluded it was
suicide, although a British judge in 2014 reached an open verdict on
Berezovsky’s death, saying he could not be sure if the Russian
killed himself or was the victim of foul play.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Frances Kerry)
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