Nikolai Glushkov could let the killer in his house himself

Nikolai Glushkov could let the killer in his house himself
Nikolai Glushkov

The mystery continues to cloak the murder of the Russian businessman.

The murder of the Russian businessman and fellow of Boris Berezovsky remains undisclosed. Detectives of Scotland Yard believe that 68-year-old Nikolai Glushkov let a killer into his house himself.

As the Independent pens, the Head of London's anti-terrorist police unit, Clark Jarrett, said that a lot of statements were made on this investigation, and over 400 pieces of evidence were processed. "So far, we have not found signs of a forced invasion into Glushkov's house. Now the investigators are conducting forensic examinations," he added.

He stressed that "so far nothing relating to an attempted murder in Salisbury has been found in our investigation, and I would like to assure the public of New Malden that there is no danger to the health of the residents associated with this investigation."

As previously reported, Nikolai Glushkov, the former Deputy Firector of Aeroflot, was found dead in his house in New Malden, in the south-west of London. One source close to the investigation put forward a version that Glushkov may have been strangled by a dog lead. Policemen called for testimony from anyone who saw anything suspicious near the house of the deceased on Clarence Avenue on March 11 or 12.

Glushkov worked in the automotive company LogoVaz, set up by Boris Berezovsky. In the late 1990s, he became the first Deputy General Director of the Russian carrier of freight Aeroflot.

In 1991, he started to work for AvtoVAZ, and in 1996 became Deputy Director of Aeroflot. In this post, he became a defendant in the case on a large-scale embezzlement in the airline.

As the investigators found, Berezovsky managed to give way to the company's management to people close to him, including Glushkov. After that, using the connections, he began withdrawing funds from the accounts of Aeroflot. Most of the airline's foreign exchange earnings were transferred to the Swiss firm Andava, whose shares belonged to Berezovsky and Glushkov.

In addition, Aeroflot regularly took loans from the Swiss company Forus, which was also controlled by Berezovsky. Between 1996 and 1999, more than $900 million passed through these two firms, a significant portion of which was stolen.

In 1999, after the fact of fraud was established, the investigators opened a criminal case targeting Berezovsky, Glushkov and one more Deputy Director of Aeroflot, Alexander Krasnenker. However, the prosecutor's office later changed Berezovsky’s status from the suspect to a witness.

Nikolai Glushkov, in turn, was arrested and placed in a detention center. Nikolai Glushkov was also charged with escaping from the hospital, where he was held in custody. The court acquitted Glushkov on charges of embezzlement and money laundering.

However, he was sentenced to a suspended term of three years and three months for abuse of office. With time he already served taken into account, he was released in the courtroom. The Moscow City Court did not agree with this decision of the Savelovsky court and sent the case for a new trial.

In 2006, the Savelovsky Court ruled to stop the criminal prosecution for the non-return of currency proceeds in connection with the expiration of the statute of limitations, and sentenced Glushkov to two years' suspended term on other counts.

In 2010, Glushkov, as well as Berezovsky, was granted political asylum in the UK. Meanwhile, in Russia, a criminal case was brought against him.

In March 2017 Moscow sentenced him in absentia to eight years in prison for stealing $123 million from Aeroflot.

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