Nikolai Glushkov: Putin critic ‘strangled in London home by third party’on April 9, 2021 at 5:19 pm

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Former Aeroflot director and Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov was unlawfully killed, a coroner rules.

Handout photo of Glushkov from London's Met Police

A Russian exile was strangled in his own home by a third party, a coroner has ruled.

Businessman Nikolai Glushkov, who was critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was found dead in New Malden in south-west London in March 2018.

West London Coroner’s Court heard there was evidence to suggest his death was made to look like a suicide and there had been “third-party involvement”.

Senior coroner Chinyere Inyama ruled that Mr Glushkov was unlawfully killed.

Mr 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.

In 2017, during a trial in absentia, he was sentenced to eight years by a Russian court after being convicted of stealing £87m from the airline.

Mr Glushkov, 68, had been due to attend the Commercial Court in London to defend himself on 12 March, the day his body was discovered by his daughter, Natalia.

Map

His death came a week after the Novichok poisoning in Salisbury of the Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Paramedic Dominic Biel told the inquest the scene of Mr Glushkov’s death was “suspicious” and recalled how Natalia’s boyfriend Denis Trushin said: “Don’t touch anything until the police come here – someone’s killed him.”

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”.

It added: “There is a lack of injuries to suggest prolonged grappling or restraint with the third party, and a lack of injuries of a defensive nature to the upper limbs.”

Recording his verdict, the coroner said: “From all the documentation, all the evidence gathered, Nikolai Glushkov died from an unlawful killing.”

Police officers in New Malden

image copyrightGetty Images

The inquest coincided with a renewed appeal by the Met Police’s counter-terrorism unit for more information about the death.

Commander Richard Smith said over 1,800 witnesses had been contacted and more than 420 statements taken.

No arrests have been made and a motive is yet to be established, the Met said.

Mr Glushkov was a close friend of oligarch Boris Berezovsky, a vocal critic of Mr Putin, who was found hanged at his Berkshire home in 2013.

An inquest into Mr Berezovsky’s death recorded an open verdict.

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

- Advertisement -

Discover

Sponsor

Latest

How to Create a Business Plan Template

How to Create a Business Plan TemplateIf you are a business owner and have not yet come up with a business plan template,...

The Papers: Staycation ‘stampede’ and NHS future blueprinton April 3, 2021 at 4:43 am

Covid's impact on holidays and the health service are two dominant stories on Saturday's front pages.The paper understands that people who have been fully...

Conway hits 99 not out as New Zealand thrash Australiaon February 22, 2021 at 10:25 am

Devon Conway's unbeaten 99 off 59 balls helps New Zealand beat Australia by 53 runs in the opening Twenty20.New Zealand 184-5: Conway 99 (59),...

Sabre Corporation Strollers – The Perfect Option For Your Baby

Sabre Corporation Strollers - The Perfect Option For Your BabyWhat is Sabre Corporation? It is a company that designs and produces strollers for...

Integrated Review: Fact-checking claims about the Army, aid and nuclear weaponson March 16, 2021 at 7:09 pm

MPs debating the government's defence review made claims on army funding, international aid and nuclear weapons.image copyrightGetty ImagesThe government has outlined an overhaul of...