Police launch murder inquiry over death of Russian Nikolai Glushkov

Ex-deputy director general of Aeroflot airlines company Nikolai Glushkov. (Pavel Smertin/Kommersant Photo via AP, file)
Ex-deputy director general of Aeroflot airlines company Nikolai Glushkov. (Pavel Smertin/Kommersant Photo via AP, file)
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British police have launched a murder investigation after the death of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov in south-west London.

Scotland Yard said a post-mortem examination found that Mr Glushkov’s cause of death was “compression to the neck”.

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The businessman was a close friend of Vladimir Putin critic Boris Berezovsky.

The Met added: “At this stage there is nothing to suggest any link to the attempted murders in Salisbury, nor any evidence that he was poisoned.”

Mr Glushkov, 68, was found dead at a residential address in New Malden on Monday.

More to follow.