A FORMER KGB agent accused of poisoning Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko was last night linked to a Russian businessman found dead in London.
Russian airline mogul Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was found with “strangulation marks” at his home in New Malden, where he lived away from prying eyes, just before 11pm on Monday night.
It has now emerged Andrey Lugovoy, widely accused of murdering dissident Litvinenko with polonium, was jailed for attempting to spring Glushkov from prison in 2001.
At the time, Glushkov was behind bars for defrauding Russian airline company Aeroflot.
Lugovoy was sent down for 14 months but had his jail term cut short.
There were claims that he may have owed the FSB for getting him out and poisoning Litvinenko’s tea with a radioactive cocktail could have been part of his payback.
A blue tent obscured the entrance to the terraced house in New Malden, Surrey, as anti-terror officers investigated the “unexplained death” of Glushkov.
One neighbour said: “He was a wonderful man, the best neighbour you could ever hope for. “He never said much about his past and never mentioned Putin but he told me how lucky I was to live in a democracy.
“Why would anyone want to kill a man who was no harm to anyone? Nothing could prepare us for the knock at the door at 3am and seeing police milling about in protective suits.”
Glushkov had a heart condition and a recent leg operation but seemed to be recovering well.
Police are probing who targeted them, with Mrs May pointing the finger at Russia and giving Vladimir Putin a deadline to explain his country’s involvement.
There is no suggestion the Salisbury poisoning was linked to that of Glushkov, 68, whose home has been taken over by forensics teams investigating his death.
Russian newspaper Kommersant, owned by Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov, reported there were “traces of strangulation on his neck”.