Friends Commit Suicide In The Last Four Years, Associates Say Russian Mafia Orchestrated Their Deaths

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By Athena Yenko | December 13, 2014 10:03 AM EST
Associate of five friends who committed suicide one after another for the past four years are calling for UK authorities to investigate the mysterious occurrence. They are suspecting that a Russian or Turkish Mafia may have masterminded their deaths.



The suspicion came in the wake of Scot Young's suicide on Dec 8. Young is a bankrupt property tycoon who was discovered by police pierced on railings below his apartment in London. According to his associate, four of Young's friends have died in the same manner, The Telegraph reported.

"I do not believe for one minute Scot committed suicide, my heart tells me he was killed. There were five friends who all ate together at Cipriani who are all now dead. They were all linked in business and all allowed a lot of money to the wrong people... I think they have been murdered or forced to take themselves out," the source told The Telegraph.

Johnny Elichaoff

Elichaoff, Young's friend and ex-husband of TV presenter Trinny Woodall, had started out as a drummer. He then shifted from performing to managing rock bands, including Tears for Fears and Fairground Attraction. He was also an antique dealer.

Later on, he became a financial adviser and met Young in one of his business dealing. In November, he fell from the roof of Whiteleys shopping centre in west London.

Boris Berezovsky

Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch who had been in exile in London following a rift from Russian President Vladimir Putin, died in March 2013 without indication of any struggle, according to police. However, he was found dead inside the bathroom of his home with a chord around his neck.

Paul Castle

Castle had been rubbing elbows with Britain's socialites. He is a good polo player and had once played alongside Prince Charles. In 2010, he threw himself off under a Tube train at Bond Street.

Robert Curtis

Curtis is enjoying his life as a trendsetter of luxury cars and designer wardrobes, dating a famous model along the way. However, the recession took a toll at his lifestyle, leaving him in neck-deep of debts. In 2011, he also died falling under a Tube train in north west London.

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Scot Young: 'Ring of death' claims after four friends also commit suicide
Scot Young becomes the fifth member of a close circle of friends and business associates who have taken their own lives in the last four years
By Martin Evans, and Nicola Harley4:26PM GMT 11 Dec 2014


Friends of the bankrupt property tycoon, Scot Young, who died falling from his fourth storey London flat, have urged the police to investigate a potential ring of death, after it emerged that four of his close friends have all died in similar circumstances.
The 52-year-old father of two was discovered impaled on railings beneath his central London apartment on Monday afternoon, in what is thought to have been a suicide.

Scotland Yard said the death was not being treated as suspicious and has referred the matter to the coroner.
But associates of the former multi-millionaire have voiced concern after revealing that he is the fifth member of a tight knit circle of friends to have taken their own lives in the last four years.

One friend, who has known Mr Young for the last 20-years said he feared the deaths might not be a coincidence and has suggested Mr Young could have been murdered by the Russian or Turkish mafia.

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He said Mr Young had huge debts and had already been threatened by gangsters two years ago when he was hung out of a window at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

The source said the police should probe the other deaths to see if they were connected in anyway as they bore startling similarities.

Trinny Woodall and Johnny Elichaoff
Last month, Johnny Elichaoff, 55, the former husband of TV presenter Trinny Woodall, and a friend of Mr Young, died after falling from the roof of Whiteleys shopping centre in west London.

The drummer and antiques dealer, was known to have business problems and is thought to have been talked down from the same roof just weeks earlier.

Starting out as a rock drummer, he went on to manage a number of successful bands including Tears for Fears and Fairground Attraction.
But he later became a financial adviser and it is through that business he is thought to have become friends with Mr Young.
His family said they were devastated but also shocked that he would have taken his own life.

Boris Berezovsky
In March last year, the Russian oligarch, Boris Berezovsky, who was another close business associate of Mr Young, was found dead at his Berkshire home.

Mr Berezovsky, who was living in exile after falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin, was discovered in the bathroom with a ligature around his neck.

Thames Valley initially launched an investigation after concern that there may have been foul play involved, but detectives subsequently said there was no sign of any struggle.

Two years ago another of their friends, millionaire property tycoon, Robert Curtis, 47, who once dated the model Caprice, died falling under a Tube train in north West London.

Robert Curtis
Like Mr Young he had made a fortune in the London property market and enjoyed a jet-set lifestyle with a fleet of luxury cars and a wardrobe full of designer clothes.
But again like Mr Young he suffered badly in the recession and was eventually left struggling under huge debts.
Mr Curtis had been badly affected, in 2010, by the suicide of fellow property entrepreneur, Paul Castle, who also died under a Tube train.
Like Mr Young, Mr Castle, who made and lost two fortunes, came from humble origins and left school with few qualifications.

Paul Castle
But his business acumen brought him great rewards and he moved in the same circles as some of Britain’s wealthiest tycoons.
A keen polo player, he played alongside Prince Charles, something he was immensely proud of.
But he later took his own life, throwing himself under a Tube train at Bond Street, not far from his London office.
All five men moved in the same circles and would regularly enjoy nights out at some of London’s finest restaurants.
The man, who now fears for his own safety, and asked not to be identified, said: “I do not believe for one minute Scot committed suicide, my heart tells me he was killed.
“There were five friends who all ate together at Cipriani who are all now dead. They were all linked in business and all owed a lot of money to the wrong people.”
“I'm absolutely devastated. He [Scot] was a really nice guy. I think they have been murdered or forced to take themselves out.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11287793/Scot-Young-Ring-of-death-claims-after-four-friends-also-commit-suicide.html