A murder investigation has been launched following the results of a post mortem into the death of 68-year-old Russian businessman Nikolay Glushkov.
Mr Glushkov’s family has been informed and is being supported by family liaison officers at this difficult time.
Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 22:46hrs on Monday, 12 March, after Mr Glushkov was found dead at his home in Clarence Avenue, New Malden.
Officers attended and an investigation was launched into his death, which at that stage was treated as unexplained.
A special post mortem began on Thursday, 15 March and we received the pathologist report today (Friday, 16 March), which gave the cause of death as compression to the neck.
His family have been informed.
The Met Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, which has led the investigation from the outset, is now treating Mr Glushkov’s death as murder.
As a precaution, the command is retaining primacy for the investigation because of the associations Mr Glushkov is believed to have had.
Mr Glushkov, a retired financial director, was a Russian national who had lived at that address for two years.
At this stage there is nothing to suggest any link to the attempted murders in Salisbury, nor any evidence that he was poisoned.
Detectives are retaining an open mind and are appealing for any information that will assist the investigation into Mr Glushkov’s murder to contact them in confidence on 0800 789 321.
In particular they are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious at or near his home in Clarence Avenue, New Malden between Sunday 11 March and Monday 12 March to contact them.
There are no wider public health concerns in relation to this investigation.