LONDON, August 2. /TASS/. UK authorities are not interested in bilateral cooperation for investigating the murder of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov, the press secretary of the Russian Embassy in London said on Thursday in a written answer to a question on whether the Russian diplomats had received any new information on Glushkov’s case from the UK officials.
“Throughout the recent months, the Embassy has made several attempts to contact Met Police senior officers, including by suggesting a meeting between the Ambassador and the Commissioner of the Met Police [Cressida Dick] in order to clarify the situation around the investigation into the death of the Russian citizen,” the commentary said.
“Moreover, as the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation for legal assistance in the criminal case opened in Russia on the death of Mr Nikolay Glushkov was delivered to the Home Office on 23 April, we have suggested to the British side to consider holding bilateral consultations on this matter between our respective authorities,” the press secretary indicated.
“Unfortunately, the British authorities have given no answer to our queries,” the statement said. “Instead, several days ago the Embassy received a Note Verbale requesting to address any further correspondence on this case to the FCO in the first instance.”
The latter note came notwithstanding the previous recommendations to the Embassy to contact the Met Police directly with any requests for an update.
“Such a sudden change of approach by the British authorities raises many questions and strengthens our suspicions that the UK government is not interested in engaging with Russia on the investigation into the death of Mr Glushkov,” the press secretary said.
“We find it hard to understand the position of the British authorities, given they continue to deny Russia access to the investigation into the death of the Russian citizen,” he said, adding that a policy of this sort was not conducive to the tracking down truth or identifying the perpetrators.
“It is also incompatible with UK’s obligations under international law and inflicts irreparable damage on its international reputation,” the statement said. “We have to reiterate that it is unacceptable that the British authorities, bypassing existing international legal mechanisms, are trying to conceal the circumstances and all information concerning the investigation into the death of the Russian national.”
Nikolai Glushkov, a former Deputy Director General of the Russian national flag-carrying airline Aeroflot was killed in his London home on March 12, 2018. Scotland Yard called the cause of this death inexplicable.
Simultaneously, the mainstream media harped on the rumor that Glushkov had been strangled with a dog-lead. Investigators did not rule out that the person who had strangled him had sought to make it look like a suicide.
On March 16, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over Glushkov’s murder citing the elements of crime specified by Article 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
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