The body of the murdered Russian exile Nikolai Gloeshkov was left in such a way that it looked like suicide. This is evidenced by British police investigation into the death of the businessman in 2018.
The 68-year-old Russian was found dead in his home in southwest London two years ago. Around his neck was wrapped a dog leash, next to the body stood a kitchen staircase, and on the stairs lay another rope.
Autopsy showed at that time that Gushkov had been strangled. Police are now saying that the businessman was probably attacked from behind. There would have been no question of a long struggle.
No one arrested
Despite hearing 1800 witnesses and watching 2200 hours of camera footage, the British police have not yet stopped anyone. Also, a motive has not yet been established.
“ This has been a very complex and challenging investigation from the start,” says the police to the BBC. “We‘ve taken hundreds of statements and collected a lot of evidence, but we haven’t arrested anyone yet.”
Gloeshkov was once top manager of the Russian state aviation company Aeroflot, but in 1999 he was sentenced to five years imprisonment for fraud and money laundering. He was released in 2004. Gloeshkov received political asylum in Britain in 2011.
The businessman was friends with oligarch Boris Berezovsky, an opponent of Russian President Putin. Berezovsky died in 2013 under suspicious circumstances. He was found hung up in his bathroom, which gave the impression that it was a suicide. Gushkov always said his friend was murdered.
In recent years, several Russian critics have been targeted by attacks. In 2006, former spy Aleksander Litvinenko died after poisoning with the highly radioactive isotope polonium-210, and after British research, it was found that Russian President Putin had probably commissioned it
In 2018, Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with nerve gas in southern England. The two were found unconscious in a park of Salisbury. The then British Prime Minister May said that Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned by two members of the Russian Secret Service Groe.
Police did not see any clear evidence of a connection between the death of Gushkov and the attack on Skripal.