Police in Latvia believe they have found the body of Leonid Rozhetskin, who vanished four years ago
The jet-setting tycoon was embroiled in a business dispute with a close associate of Vladimir Putin when he disappeared in March 2008
The mystery of a Russian-born British media magnate who disappeared four years ago amid fears he was the victim of a KGB plot may finally have been solved after the discovery of a body.
Police in Latvia believe they have found the corpse of Leonid Rozhetskin, a jet-setting filmmaker and co-founder of the free London business newspaper City AM, hidden in a remote forest.
The flamboyant lawyer and tycoon, who liked to dine at the Wolseley in Piccadilly and at the fashionable Japanese restaurant Nobu, vanished in March 2008 from his blood-stained £1 million holiday villa in the Baltic Sea resort of Jurmala. At the time he was embroiled in a business dispute with a close associate of President Vladimir Putin.
Flamboyant: Leonid Rozhetskin, pictured in 2006 with his partner Natalya Belova, left,
and model friend Victoria Silvstedt, right, vanished in March 2008
Mr Rozhetskin is thought to have angered Leonid Reiman, a friend of Mr Putin and at the time Russia’s powerful telecommunications minister, during a £130 million deal involving a mobile phone company in which Mr Reiman was alleged to have had financial interests.Legal action was threatened and the previously extrovert Mr Rozhetskin became reclusive and surrounded himself with bodyguards before fleeing abroad.Mr Reiman has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.Yesterday Mr Rozhetskin’s New York-based mother Elvira, 72, told how she received a mysterious phone call from a Russian-speaking man who said that a body had been discovered. ‘He said that a man had been found in the forest near Tukums in Latvia and there was a credit card on the body with my son’s name on it.’...MORE