“A murder investigation has been launched following the results of a postmortem into the death of 68-year-old Russian businessman Nikolay Glushkov,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Glushkov, a retired Russian airline executive was found dead at his home in southwest London on Monday evening.
It was the strongest action to date against Russia by the administration, which has long been accused of being too soft on the Kremlin, and the first punishments for election meddling since President Donald Trump took office. Trump administration imposed sanctions on Russians for alleged interference in the 2016 election.
PM Theresa May announced economic and diplomatic measures, including the suspension of high-level bilateral contacts with Russia. An invitation for Russian FM Sergey Lavrov to visit Britain is canceled, and May said British ministers and royals will not attend the soccer World Cup in Russia this summer. READ MORE.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters in Moscow that his country’s requests to see samples of the nerve agent have been turned down. He insisted Russia is “not to blame” for the poisoning. “We have already made a statement to say this is nonsense,” he said. “We have nothing to do with this.” READ MORE.
Litvinenko died slowly, with the poison transforming him into a stick-thin figure wasting away on a hospital bed, and he blamed Putin shortly before he died. A decade later, a laborious public inquiry concluded he had been killed by Russia’s security service, “probably” with Putin’s approval. READ MORE.