Close associate of Russian business oligarch Boris Berezovsky found dead: report

A Russian businessman and associate of a Russian oligarch critical of Vladimir Putin was reportedly found dead at the age of 69.

Nikolai Glushkov, who served as a former deputy director of Aeroflot, was found dead in Britain, Russia's Business FM Radio station reported, according to The Telegraph.

A lawyer for Glushkov did not specify a cause of death.

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Berezovsky had helped Putin, Russia's president, rise to power before becoming a vocal critic of the man. In 2013, he was found dead at his home.

According to The Telegraph, Glushkov had been charged with fraud twice when in Russia.

He had denied the charges made against him. He told Russian media in 2016 that Aeroflot wanted to sue him in the High Court in London, according to the Telegraph.

The report comes after British Prime Minister Theresa May said it's "highly likely" Russia was responsible for the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the United Kingdom earlier this month.
 
May gave Russia until the end of Tuesday to respond to her allegations. If they do not respond, she said, the U.K. “will conclude that this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom.”
 
Russia reportedly dismissed the British claims as a "circus show," a "provocation" and "nonsense."
 
The White House on Monday condemned the poisoning of Skripal.
 
“The use of a highly lethal nerve agent on U.K. soil is an outrage. The attack was reckless, indiscriminate and irresponsible,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.