Body believed to be of Ukrainian-born oligarch discovered in English mansion, reports say

A body believed to be that of Ukrainian-born oligarch Mikhail Watford has been found in a Surrey estate, England, The Times reported.

In a statement sent to Insider, Surrey Police said an investigation into the circumstances of the death was ongoing, but they were not yet treating her as a suspect.

Police could not confirm the identity of the deceased man. According to several local outlets, the body is believed to be Watford.

The oligarch made his fortune in gas and oil. He bought several expensive properties in London and the south of England, including an $18 million ($24 million) mansion in Surrey, according to The Times.

His presumed death comes after Western countries imposed a series of sanctions on Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine, including measures to cripple the assets of the wealthiest people linked to Russia.

The UK government has yet to release a full list of those sanctioned. Watford was not on the existing list of those sanctioned by the UK, and there is no evidence that the oligarch had links to Russia.

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