Russia starts its own prosecution in Yulia Skripal poisoning and Nikolai Glushkov murder
Investigators are ready for joint work with authorities of the UK.
The Investigative Committee of Russia has announced the initiation of criminal cases in connection with the attempt on Yulia Skripal and the murder of Nikolai Glushkov. This was reported on the official website of the law enforcement agency. Highly qualified experts will be involved in the investigation, as stated in the agency’s report. Also, Russia announced its readiness to work with authorities of Britain.
To remind, the former employee of the GRU convicted of espionage, Sergei Skripal, was found poisoned in Salisbury on March 14. His daughter Yulia was poisoned along with him. Later, local media reported that they were poisoned with nerve agent.
On the same day, British Prime Minister Teresa May accused Russia of the incident, calling Moscow's actions “certainly a warlike act”.
Russia made a request to receive access to the case file, since Yulia Skripal is a Russian citizen. However, London refused Moscow.
The day before, the media reported on the death of the former deputy director of Aeroflot, Nikolai Glushkov. His body was found on the evening of March 13 by his daughter Natalia, who came to visit him in a London house. It is also known that the anti-terrorist police unit is carrying the investigation. The same police department is investigating the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. However, the law enforcement officers do not link the two incidents.
As Kommersant newspaper reports with reference to its sources, traces of strangulation were found on the body of Glushkov. Scotland Yard is yet to make the official conclusion regarding the incident.
Glushkov is known for being a close associate and a business partner of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky back in the 90’s. He was sentenced to 8 years in jail in absentia for fraud in Russia.
According to the reports, a number of Russian citizens, who were granted political asylum in the UK and now live there, are under state protection.