A Ukrainian businessman has been found dead in the garage of his Surrey home, days after Russia launched an invasion of his home country. Mikhail Watford, 66, was found by a gardener in his mansion in Virginia Water, on Monday.
Police have begun an investigation into the death of the father of three, who made his fortune through oil and gas from Ukraine, before setting up a property firm in the UK. Mr. Watford was born Mikhail Tolstosheya in 1955 in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union.
He changed his name to Watford when he moved to the UK, where he invested in a luxury property portfolio, according to The Daily Mail. A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “We were called around midday on February 28 following reports of the discovery of a man’s body.
“An ambulance was called but the man, who was in his 60s, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the circumstances of the death is underway but it is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances.”
His death came shortly after Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine started. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has declared Russia ‘a terrorist state’.