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Scotland Yard investigates unexplained death of Russian in exile

Press Trust of India  |  London 

A Russian exile, a of Russian Vladimir Putin, has been found dead in his home, prompting to launch a probe into the matter.

Police said the death was being treated as "unexplained," adding that the counterterrorism team would lead the investigation "as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had."

said today that it is investigating the death of a Russian man who was living in exile in Britain.

was discovered by his family and friends late last night at his home and the cause of death is not yet determined.

The 68-year-old was a close friend of the late Russian oligarch Boris Beresovsky, an opponent of Russian

The of the death comes as the UK has given an ultimatum to reveal what it knows regarding the poisoning of a former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter in Salisbury last week. The said there is no evidence to suggest a link between the poisoning and Glushkov's death.

"At this stage the 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 statement said.

"A postmortem examination will be held in due course. The death is currently being treated as unexplained," it adds.

In the 1990s, Glushkov was a of the Russian and Berezovsky's LogoVAZ company. In 1999, he was charged with money laundering and fraud and spent five years in a Russian jail before being freed in 2004 and fleeing to the UK. Glushkov was granted political asylum and lived in in recent years.

After his friend was found dead in 2013, Glushkov told the Guardian' that he doubted that was a result of natural causes.

"I'm definite Boris was killed. I have quite different information from what is being published in the media, he had said.

In 2017, during a trial in absentia in Russia, Glushkov was sentenced to eight years in prison for allegedly stealing USD 123 million from The went on to pursue the case in London and Glushkov was due to attend a hearing on Monday morning at but failed to appear.

According to Russian newspaper Kommersant', Glushkov was discovered with "signs of suffocation" by his family later on Monday.

His so-far unexplained death could add a further dimension to UK-Russian relations, which are under considerable strain after the poisoning of 66-year-old with a deadly nerve agent.

The UK has given the Kremlin until midnight on Tuesday to provide a credible response, while has denied any involvement and demanded access to the nerve agent in order to assist the investigation.

In a phone-call with British today, US assured the UK of support in the case.

"President Trump said the US was with the UK all the way, agreeing that the Russian must provide unambiguous answers as to how this nerve agent came to be used," a said.

Meanwhile, Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter remains in a critical condition in hospital, where they have been since being discovered collapsed on a bench of a shopping centre in Salisbury on March 4.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 00:30 IST