20 June 2019
Moscow: 06:26
London: 04:26

Consular queries:  
+44 (0) 203 668 7474  
info@rusemb.org.uk  

 
473 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     465 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities

PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

15.05.2019

Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the state of the investigation into the death of Nikolay Glushkov

Q: Does the Embassy have any further information in relation to the investigation into the death of the Russian national Nikolay Glushkov in London?

A.: More than a year has passed since Nikolay Glushkov’s death. Through all this time, the British authorities have been performing a strange political play, refusing to provide information on the investigation or to cooperate with the competent Russian authorities. The British side continues to ignore our numerous enquiries, including the official request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation for legal assistance over Russia’s own criminal case into the death of Nikolay Glushkov and the Embassy’s proposal to arrange a meeting between the Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko and the Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.

The Russian national Nikolay Glushkov was murdered on 12 March 2018 in London under mysterious circumstances. Only on 26 April 2018 the British authorities informed us that the death had been caused by compression of the neck and was investigated as a homicide, while the motives of the crime and the suspects remained unknown. It has only been reported that law enforcement bodies are carrying out an investigation, interviewing witnesses and viewing CCTV footage. What is more, only on 14 August 2018 – as late as five months since the murder – the Police appealed to the public for information about a suspicious black van and its driver captured on CCTV near the victim’s house the day before his death. On 12 March 2019 – a year after the murder – the Police issued a press release, which instead of any progress in investigation reported that the Police continued to make extensive enquiries to establish the motive and identify those involved.

Such a stalemate situation is a cause for concern. Moreover, the UK, hiding the truth about the circumstances of the death of Nikolay Glushkov from the public and at the same time flatly refusing to cooperate with the Russian side, is obviously damaging the chances to clarify the cause of the incident, and grossly violating the 1959 European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters. Such unacceptable behaviour amounts to contempt for international law and the norms of diplomatic intercourse.

It’s important to remember that this situation is about a murder of a Russian national and the right of his  relatives and loved ones to know the cause of his death. The Russian side will continue to urge the British authorities to disclose information on the circumstances of the death of Nikolay Glushkov. In this regard the Embassy has sent a new Note Verbale to the Foreign Office.

 

13 May 2019, 19:50




LATEST EVENTS

19.06.2019 - The annual Russian-British Business Forum successfully held in London

The annual Russo-British Business Forum took place in London on 18 June, hosted by the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC) with support from the Russian Embassy and the Russian Trade Delegation in the UK. The Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko, RBCC Patron HRH Prince Michael of Kent and other officials, CEOs of Russian and British companies representing industrial, high-tech and finance sectors, as well as academia attended the event. More than 200 participants were registered at the Forum.


19.06.2019 - Foreign Minister Lavrov’s answers to TASS news agency’s questions, Moscow, June 18, 2019

Question: Could you please comment on the possible visit by President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro and the statement made by U.S. national security adviser John Bolton that Maduro has signed a defence contract with Russia in order to “buy” permanent support from Moscow. Sergey Lavrov: Regarding the statement made by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro about his plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin – yes, we are always ready to meet with our Venezuelan colleagues at the high and top levels, and such contacts will certainly take place in the foreseeable future. So far, no specific dates have been discussed and, accordingly, no specific contacts have been planned. But I repeat, we are always open to such meetings.


18.06.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question on the UK Government assessment as to the Gulf of Oman incidents

Q: How would you comment on the official statement by the UK Government pointing the finger at Iran for the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 12 May and 13 June? A: The conclusions contained in that statement are not supported by any evidence. In our opinion, its absence makes it impossible to draw conclusions on anyone’s responsibility for the incidents. Russia calls upon the whole international community to show restraint in their assessments, avoid using biased one-sided approaches and look into the events carefully. We are convinced that no one should be blamed until a thorough and unbiased international investigation is completed.


18.06.2019 - Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding unacceptable US allegations of Russia exceeding the “zero-yield” standard

The United States has again accused Russia of violating the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The latest statement to this effect was made by the US Defence Intelligence Agency on June 13. We point out once again that all these accusations are completely groundless. They cannot be regarded as anything other than an attempt to justify Washington’s preparations to withdraw from the CTBT and to resume full-scale nuclear tests.


14.06.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to questions at the Primakov Readings International Forum, June 11, 2019

I would like to reaffirm our full support for this format which has become a tradition. It is called “The Primakov Readings.” The prestige of this forum is growing. In five years, it has become one of the most authoritative and representative international expert venues. I think this is only natural because in one way or other everything linked with Mr Primakov is simply “doomed” to succeed considering the wealthiest intellectual legacy left by this outstanding state and political figure and scholar.


13.06.2019 - President Putin’s interview to Mir Interstate Television and Radio Company

Prior to visiting Kyrgyzstan to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit and Tajikistan to take part in the summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, President Vladimir Putin answered the questions of Radik Batyrshin, President and Editor-in-chief of the Mir Interstate Television and Radio Company.


12.06.2019 - Embassy press officer’s reply to a media question concerning the inquiry into the death of Mr Nikolay Glushkov

Question: Does the Embassy have any new information regarding the circumstances of the mysterious murder of the Russian national Nikolay Glushkov in London that happened on 12 March 2018? Answer: The Embassy regrets to state that, as 15 months have passed since this crime, the British authorities continue to disregard our numerous enquiries concerning course and results of the investigation into the murder of former Deputy Director General of “Aeroflot” Mr Nikolay Glushkov in the UK.


10.06.2019 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova regarding INF Treaty, Moscow, June 5, 2019

We have noted the continued complaints about Russia “violating” the INF Treaty in the NATO leadership’s public rhetoric on the subject, while urging the Russian side to “show political will and abide by the Treaty to save it.” As we understand it, such rhetoric will increase as we approach August 2, when the United States withdrawal procedure will be completed, destroying it completely. What Russia has to do with this is completely incomprehensible. As far as we understand, by replicating the accusations against our country, NATO representatives are trying to help Washington camouflage the true causes of the INF collapse and to divert attention from America’s true intentions by creating a kind of propaganda veil with such comments and statements.


06.06.2019 - Russian-Chinese talks

Talks between President Putin and President Xi Jinping, who came to Russia on a state visit, took place at the Kremlin.


04.06.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on Russia’s ongoing operation in Idlib

Q: How will you comment on the publication by the Times arguing that Moscow “has rejected calls by President Trump to stop bombing of the Syrian rebel enclave of Idlib”? A: We regard the publication as another attempt to mislead the readers about Russia’s true intentions in Syria. Our country remains fully committed to agreements on stabilization in Idlib, and to the Turkish-Russian memorandum dated 17 September, 2018. Let me remind you that the memorandum reiterates strong commitment to eradicate terrorists from the Syrian soil. Guided by these principles and in response to aggressive actions by terrorist groups in Idlib, Russia is providing necessary support to the Syrian governmental in order to clean up this area from the armed elements recognised by the international community, including the UK, as terrorist organisations.



all messages