Murdered Russian exile survived earlier poisoning attempt, police believe

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Exclusive: Nikolai Glushkov spoke of collapse in Bristol hotel after meeting two Russians

Detectives investigating the murder of a Russian exile in London believe he was previously the target of a poisoning attempt carried out by two mysterious men from Moscow who visited him in a Bristol hotel room, the Guardian has learned.

Nikolai Glushkov, a friend of the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky and a prominent Kremlin critic, was found dead in March at his home in New Malden, south-west London. He had been strangled.

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