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Counter-terror police launch murder investigation after confirming Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov strangled

Counter-terror police launch murder investigation after confirming Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov strangledA fierce critic of Vladimir Putin, who was found dead at his south London home earlier this week, was murdered, police have said, amid fears of a second Russia-sponsored attack on British soil. Businessman, Nikolai Glushkov, 68, who was granted asylum in the UK after fleeing Moscow in 2006, was strangled to death, Scotland Yard has confirmed. The former right-hand man of deceased oligarch, Boris Berezovsky, his death came just over a week after Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury. The former boss of the state airline Aeroflot, Mr Glushkov had told friends he feared he was on a Kremlin hit-list. Wish suspicion falling again on Moscow, police have reportedly started contacting a number of Russian exiles to discuss their safety. Police and the security services have now reassessed their view that exiles are at a low risk, the BBC reported.  A former bodyguard, who worked for Mr Berezovsky, and knew Mr Glushkov well, said his death had all the hallmarks of a state-sponsored assassination. A murder investigation was launched in New Malden The France-based security expert, who asked to be identified only by his initials, RG, said: “I’m not at all surprised [that a murder investigation has been opened]. “You can easily choke someone in 10 seconds so that they fall into a comatose state and you can then continue strangling them without leaving any other marks on the body. It’s a technique they [the Russians] know well.” Mr Berezovsky was found hanged in the bathroom of his Surrey home in 2013, with the cause of death being put down to suicide. But suspicion has always surrounded the circumstances of his death, with many believing he was one of a number of Putin critics who were deliberately silenced. Another of their close associates, Badri Patarkatsishvili, 52, died at his Surrey home in 2008, following an apparent heart attack. 12 uk deaths with suspected Russian involvement A close personal friend of the three men, who asked not to be named, said he was in little doubt their murders were linked. He said: "All of them were in no doubt that Boris was killed. It is perhaps inevitable that they would be assassinated themselves. "It is a very horrible thing to happen, he was a lovely man, a very funny man with a great sense of humour. It sounds like somebody has a vendetta against them." Boris Berezovsky was found dead at his Surrey home five years ago Counter terror officers continued to probe the nerve gas attack on Mr Skirpal, whose attempted murder led to the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from London. Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, escalated the war of words with Russia, when he accused Vladimir Putin of personally ordering the nerve agent attack. He said it was "overwhelmingly likely" that the Russian President was behind the attempted murder, a claim that was described as “unpardonable” by Mr Putin’s spokesman. News of this latest murder investigation will further stoke fears that critics or enemies of Russia and its leader, are no longer safe on British soil. Downing Street said the Prime Minister had been "kept informed" of developments but stressed that Mr Glushkov's death was a police matter and that no link had been made with the Salisbury poisoning case. But Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader, said the murder of Mr Glushkov appeared to “fit into a pattern” of violent deaths of enemies of Mr Putin. The police investigation is continuing in Salisbury He said: "If there is a link between Mr Glushkov's death and the Kremlin it will be further proof that we are dealing with essentially a rogue state which refuses to abide by international rules and has violated UN laws. "What has been going on is a deliberate attempt to settle Russian scores in the UK.” Boris Johnson has laid the blame at Putin's door But a key ally of Jeremy Corbyn has suggested moderate Labour MPs who blame Russia for spy poisoning are "enemies" who should be deselected. Chris Williamson, the Labour MP for Derby North, said Labour MPs who had decided Moscow was “unequivocally” to blame were “baying for blood” and he suggested they face de-selection. And the Kremlin also ramped up its language, launching a withering response to Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, who had suggested Russia should “go away and shut up”. Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman at Russia’s defence ministry, accused Mr Williamson of engaging in “market wench talk”, adding that it reflected his “intellectual impotency”.  



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UK counterterror police investigate Russian's London death

UK counterterror police investigate Russian's London deathLONDON (AP) — British counterterrorism police on Tuesday took charge of the investigation into the death in London of a Russian businessman because he was connected to a prominent Kremlin foe.



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Putin enemy found dead in London eight days after Skripal poisoning, as counter-terror police launch investigation

Putin enemy found dead in London eight days after Skripal poisoning, as counter-terror police launch investigationCounter terrorism police have launched an investigation into the ‘unexplained’ death of a Russian business partner of Boris Berezovsky, Vladimir Putin’s arch enemy. Nikolai Grushkov, 69, was found dead at his home in New Malden in south London on Monday evening.  Grushkov was the closest aide to Berezovsky who died in mysterious circumstances in 2013 at his home in Surrey. The death of Grushkov just eight days after the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, the Russian double agent who sold state secrets to MI6, will cause alarm although Scotland yard has insisted there is no evidence to suggest the two incidents are linked. Friends of Berezovsky insist he was murdered on president Putin’s order. The metropolitan Police said in a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon: “An investigation is underway following the death of a man in his 60s in Kingston borough. The home in New Malden Credit:  Ben Stevens/ i-Images Picture Agency “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 10.46pm on Monday, 12 March to reports of a man found deceased at a residential address in Clarence Avenue, New Malden. “Officers attended and next of kin have been informed. Whilst we believe we know the identity of the deceased, formal identification is yet to take place. “A post-mortem examination will be held in due course. Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky Credit: Sang Tan /AP “The death is currently being treated as an unexplained. If there is a change in the status of the investigation, an update will be provided. “At this stage the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had. “There is no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury.” Nikolai Glushkov: The businessman twice charged with fraud in Russia Mr Glushkov left Russia after a Moscow court sentenced him to a two-year suspended sentence for fraud in 2006.  In March last year, he was handed a second eight-year sentence in absentia and a one million Russian Ruble fine for allegedly defrauding Aeroflot of $ 122 million during his tenure as finance director there in the late 1990s. Mr Glushkov denied all the charges against him. In 2016, he told Russian media that Aeroflot was attempting to sue him in a civil case in the High Court in London.  Russian spy poisoning | Read more Bereaved friends speak of his life and work Vasily Trunin, a friend and apparent former colleague, wrote on Facebook: "Every time we get on a new, up-to-date plane made by Aeroflot, one of the best airlines in Europe, we can remember Kolya (Nikolai) Glushkov, who was one of the few people who managed to pull an airline out of the Soviet backwater. "A shame, a great shame. He was a good friend." He told the Telegraph that he met the former Aeroflot manager in London and that he had been a close friend of Mr Berezovsky and Badri Patarkatsishvili.   "I saw Boris and Badri a lot at that time and observed their friendship with Nikolai. He really was a very good friend of theirs." Nikolai Glushkov before he left Russia Paying tribute to Mr Glushkov, he said: "I heard many positive reviews about his organizational skills, his understanding of building production processes." Another friend wrote that Mr Glushkov was the "best person [he] ever worked for". Alexander Goldfarb, a Russian-American activist who has campaigned for justice for Alexander Litvinenko, wrote that he was saddened by the death.



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US looks to defuse Qatar-Gulf row with counter-terror deal

US looks to defuse Qatar-Gulf row with counter-terror dealQatar and the United States signed a deal Tuesday to combat “terrorism” as visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pursued efforts to resolve the Gulf diplomatic crisis. In Qatar as part of a series of Gulf meetings, Tillerson also said Doha had been “reasonable” in the dispute, which has seen Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with the emirate over accusations it supports extremism.



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U.S. Navy SEAL Killed, Two Wounded, in Counter-Terror Raid in Somalia

U.S. Navy SEAL Killed, Two Wounded, in Counter-Terror Raid in SomaliaTrump steps up the fight against terrorists in Africa and Middle East, leading to a wave of combat deaths.



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