Counter-terrorism police are investigating the “unexplained” death of Russian dissident Nikolai Glushkov, found dead in his New Malden Home on Monday evening.
Mr Glushkov’s death came just eight days after the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, the Russian double agent who sold Russian state secrets to MI6. Scotland Yard have said there is no evidence to assume the two incidents are linked.
The 69-year was the closest aide to deceased oligarch Boris Berezovsky, found dead in 2013 in mysterious circumstances at his Surrey home. Friends of Berezovsky claim his murder was ordered by Russian President Putin, and Mr Glushkov had told the Financial Times in 2013 that he did not believe his friend had committed suicide.
The Met 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.
“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.
“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.”
The 69-year-old’s death became public after the news was posted on Facebook by his friend Damian Kudryavtsev.