Counter-terrorism unit investigates death of Berezovsky friend who claimed political asylum in UK after fraud conviction
A Russian exile who was close friends with the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky has been found dead in his London home, according to friends.
Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was discovered by his family and friends late on Monday night. The cause of death is not yet clear. One of his friends, the newspaper editor Damian Kudryavtsev, posted the news on his Facebook page.
Without confirming the mans name, the Metropolitan police said the counter-terrorism command unit was leading the investigation into the death as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had.
It said there was no evidence at present to suggest a link to poisoning in Salisbury of the Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. The Skripals remain in a critical condition.
Police were called by the London ambulance service to a residential address in New Malden at 10.46pm on Monday. An investigation is under way following the death of a man in his 60s in Kingston borough, said the Met.
On Tuesday a cluster of blue tents had been erected to cover the front of Glushkovs house and several uniformed police stood in front of a cordon.