The oligarchs took the biggest blow in the war between Ukraine and Russia. Businessman Mikhail Watford was found dead in his home right after Boris Johnson’s statements on this matter.
As the conflicts between Ukraine and Russia escalated and turned into a war, the Russian oligarchs, who were included in the sanction lists, received the biggest blow.
While the sanction decisions were being announced and immediately after Boris Johnson’s statements on this issue, the 66-year-old Ukrainian-born businessman and Russian oligarch Mikhail Watford was found dead in his home in Surrey, England, causing questions.
According to the police statement, the gardener found the businessman’s body on Monday. When the gardener entered the garage of the house, he encountered Watford’s body.
While Watford’s death was recorded as an “inexplicable death” in the police records, the word “suspicious death” was not used. This led to comments that the oligarch was not killed but may have committed suicide.
The businessman, who settled in England in the early 2000s and changed his name from Mikhail Tolstosheya to Mikhail Watford, made his fortune thanks to the oil refinery and natural gas company he owned. Born in Soviet Russia, Watford was born in Ukraine, which was the territory of the USSR at that time.
The house where Watford lived and died at the same time is considered one of the most expensive buildings in England and the city of Surrey, with an approximate value of 18 million pounds.
According to the news in Hürriyet, the death of the Russian oligarch shocked everyone because his name was not yet included in the sanctions list announced by Boris Johnson. As such, it is thought that the businessman may have committed suicide due to fear of sanctions or somehow being included in the death list, which is said to have been created by the Russians.
Jane, who is known to be the second wife of Mikhail Watford and is only 41 years old and Estonian in the news, shared a photo of her kissing her husband on her social media account yesterday.
It is known that Mikhail Watford lives with his wife Jane, his son from his first marriage, and two other children.
Although the news in the British media stated that the oligarch was found dead by hanging by his gardener, this information has not been confirmed in official police reports.
One of Watford’s close friends spoke to the press and said that the businessman was confused because of the war between Russia and Ukraine. On the other hand, one of his business partners found this death suspicious and stated that there were many question marks.
It is known that Mikhail Watford later moved his investments in Ukraine to England.
Watford’s death brought to mind Alexander Perepilichnyy, who died in the same way in 2012 at the age of 44 and the mystery of his death is still unsolved.