Counter-terrorism police are investigating the death of a Russian exile who was friends with the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who famously fell out with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Nikolai Glushkov, who received political asylum in the UK, was found dead at his London home on Monday by friends and family. He was 68.
On Tuesday the Met Police issued a statement, saying: “At this stage the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had.
It added that there was “no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury”.
One of Glushkov’s friends, newspaper editor Damian Kudryavtsev, confirmed the news on Facebook, and told HuffPost UK that nothing was known about the cause of death. Kudryavtsev declined to comment further.