Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Russian businessman with ties to Putin critic dies in London

Russian businessman with ties to Putin critic dies in London

His family has been informed and a post-mortem examination will be held in due course. Berezovsky had been an early ally of Putin - but their relationship changed drastically, culminating in the tycoon leaving Russian Federation and being locked in a multi-billion-dollar legal battle with another oligarch, Roman Abramovich, over proceeds from the Sibneft oil company.

Relations between Britain and Russian Federation have been strained since the murder in London of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died in 2006 after drinking green tea laced with radioactive polonium-210. A British inquiry concluded that Litvinenko's death was the work of the Russian state and had probably been authorized by Putin.

The news was confirmed Tuesday on Facebook by Moscow Times board member Damian Kudryavtsev, who was close to both Glushkov and Berezovsky.

British police said the unexplained death of a man in London was not linked to the attempted murder of a former Russian double agent in the southern English city of Salisbury.

Berezovsky sold his holdings in Russian Federation and sought refuge in London following a fraud investigation into his management and Glushkov's management of Aeroflot.

He said the tycoon's former wife noticed marks on his neck minutes after he was found dead, adding: 'A scarf was there.

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The businessman was outspoken after the death of his friend Berezovsky, telling the Guardian in 2013 he would "never believe" he took his own life.

"Boris was strangled. Either he did it himself or with the help of someone. [But] I don't believe it was suicide".

"There is no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury", the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

British PM Theresa May says it's "highly likely" Russian Federation is behind the poisoning, and has given the country a deadline of Tuesday (UKT) to explain.

BuzzFeed reported that these people were suspected of being assassinated on British soil by Russian security services or mafia groups, "two forces that sometimes work in tandem". She added that police removed several bags of evidence.

Rudd's response was published Tuesday. He said: 'I was told the way it would happen.

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