UK Police Investigate Death of Russian Oil Tycoon Mikhail Watford

A 66-year-old Russian oil and gas tycoon has been found dead at his home in the United Kingdom, decades after leaving his birthplace in Ukraine.

Mikhail Watford, who changed his name from Tolstosheya when he arrived in Britain in the 2000s, was found hanged in his $24 million mansion in Virginia Water, Surrey, on Monday.

“An investigation into the circumstances of the death is underway but it is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances,” a spokesperson for Surrey Police said.

Meanwhile, The Sun newspaper reported that Watford had been disturbed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“His state of mind might have been affected by the situation in Ukraine,” the source said.

“The timing of his death and the invasion of Ukraine was surely not coincidental,” the source added.

Watford was not included in the UK government’s list of oligarchs sanctioned after the Russia-Ukraine war.

Watford, believed to have been born in Ukraine and held a Russian passport, made his fortune through oil and gas from the former Soviet republic before establishing a property company in Britain.

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