Close associate of late runaway Russian tycoon Berezovsky dies in London

The 68-year-old's body was discovered by his family and friends late on Monday night.

A Russian businessman and associate of Russian oligarch and Putin critic Boris Berezovsky was reportedly found dead at the age of 69.

In March 2013, he was found dead at his ex-wife's home in Berkshire.

Nikolai Glushkov's death comes amid heightened concern following a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England and as the government said it would investigate the deaths of a number of Russia-linked individuals which have raised suspicions.

London's Metropolitan Police force confirmed that officers are investigating the "unexplained" death of a man found at a house in the New Malden late on Monday, but did not identify him by name.

Andrei Borovkov told Russian media outlets Tuesday that his client, Nikolai Glushkov, has died, but said he was unaware of the time and circumstances.

Glushkov once worked for various Berezovsky enterprises, including the flagship Russian airline Aeroflot and the LogoVAZ vehicle company.

Police said a post-mortem showed no sign of a violent struggle and an inquest recorded an open verdict.

Glushkov had lived in London in recent years, after being granted political asylum in Britain. "I have quite different information from what is being published in the media", he said.

Glushkov had lived in London after his release from prison in 2004 after a five-year jail term due to a money laundering conviction in Russian Federation.

"Boris was strangled. Either he did it himself or with the help of someone".

He gave evidence in a case in 2011 brought by Mr Beresovsky against Roman Abramovich, who he claimed had cheated him out of £3.2bn.

Glushkov was a friend of Berezovsky and argued publicly that he believed the exiled tycoon had been murdered.

The reason behind Glushkov " s death is yet to be made public.

In March last year, he was sentenced to eight years in prison in absentia and issued a one million Russian Ruble fine for allegedly defrauding Aeroflot of $122 million during his tenure as finance director there in the late 1990s.

May told the parliament that Russia's ambassador in London had been summoned to explain whether it was "a direct action by the Russian state" or the result of it "losing control" of its stock of nerve agents.

  • Tracy Klein