Posted on Apr 11, 2021
Businessman Nikolai Glushkov, a strong critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was found dead in New Malden in south-west London in March 2018.
West London Coroner's Court heard there was evidence to suggest his death was made to look like a suicide and there had been "third-party involvement", with senior coroner Chinyere Inyama ruling that Mr Glushkov was unlawfully killed.
Mr Glushkov fled Russia after being accused of fraud during his time as deputy director of the Aeroflot airline, and was granted political asylum in the UK in 2010.
In 2017, during a trial in absentia, he was sentenced to eight years by a Russian court after being convicted of stealing £87m from the airline.
Mr Glushkov, 68, had been due to attend the Commercial Court in London to defend himself on March 12th, the day his body was discovered by his daughter, Natalia.
His death came a week after the Novichok poisoning in Salisbury of the Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.
Paramedic Dominic Biel told the inquest the scene of Mr Glushkov's death was "suspicious" and recalled how Natalia's partner Denis Trushin said: "Don't touch anything until the police come here - someone's killed him."
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A pathology report summarised to the court said the injuries "could be consistent with a neck-hold, applied from behind, and the assailant being behind the victim".
It added: "There is a lack of injuries to suggest prolonged grappling or restraint with the third party, and a lack of injuries of a defensive nature to the upper limbs."
Recording his verdict, the coroner said: "From all the documentation, all the evidence gathered, Nikolai Glushkov died from an unlawful killing."
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