Police investigate

death of Putin enemy

LONDON (TNS) — British counterterrorism police said they are investigating the death of a Russian exile on Tuesday after he died at home in London from unknown causes.

“An investigation is underway following the death of a man in his 60s,” the Metropolitan Police said.

“Whilst we believe we know the identity of the deceased, formal identification is yet to take place,” the police said.

The Guardian and other media named him as Nikolai Glushkov, 68, a former friend and business associate of the late Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky.

Bill Browder, the founder of Hermitage Capital Management and an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Glushkov’s reported death was a “very disturbing development.”

“Another Russian enemy of Putin, Nikolai Glushkov, found dead at his London home,” Browder tweeted.

The police said the death was “currently being treated as an unexplained,” adding that counterterrorism officers were leading the investigation “as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had.”

— dpa