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Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov found dead in London home

Glushkov was a close associate of Boris Berezovsky, who fell out with Vladmir Putin and fled Russia and was himself later found dead at his home in Berkshire

He was known as the "godfather of the Kremlin" before fleeing to London in 2000 after a row with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Glushkov, who worked for Berezovsky's companies Aeroflot and AvtoVAZ, was discovered by his daughter Natalya at his house in New Malden in southwest London on Monday, the reports said.

A former senior Russian executive linked to late Kremlin opponent Boris Berezovsky has been found dead in London in unexplained circumstances, British and Russian media reported yesterday.

There is no evidence to suggest a link to the March 4 poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, the statement said.

Mr Glushkov, 69, is the former deputy director of Russian state airline Aeroflot. He was imprisoned for money laundering and fraud and served five years. However, he was sentenced to three years and three months of probation for abuse of office.

Britain granted Glushkov political asylum, reportedly in 2010, after he had been sentenced in Russian Federation for allegedly embezzling millions from Aeroflot.

He gave evidence in a case in 2011 brought by Mr Beresovsky against Roman Abramovich, who he claimed had cheated him out of £3.2bn.

Glushkov told the court he had effectively been taken "hostage" by Putin's administration, which wanted to pressure Berezovsky to sell his TV station ORT.

"[But] I don't believe it was suicide", Glushkov said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper.

Glushkov was a close associate of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky. In 2017, a Moscow court reviewed his case and he was sentenced to eight years in prison in absentia for stealing as much as $123 million from Aeroflot in the 1990s.

"I don't think I've seen him in the last week or so, I hadn't noticed him, but I don't know what's happened - the police said they are still searching and there are lots of police cars".

In 2013, Berezovsky was found dead in his home in the United Kingdom, apparently after committing suicide.

The reason behind Glushkov " s death is yet to be made public.

Tillerson told reporters late Monday that Russia's actions would "certainly trigger a response".

The Russian Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, says it has handed the British ambassador a note of protest regarding the accusations, calling them "baseless", "provocative" and "another unscrupulous attempt of the British authorities to discredit Russia".