A journalist whose book inspired BBC crime drama McMafia has backed calls for a new probe into the death of multi-millionaire property tycoon Scot Young.
The father-of-two fell from the fifth floor of a London flat onto railings years after losing a fortune in a failed property deal in Moscow.
His death in 2014 was deemed unsuspicious, but his former wife and daughters believe he was murdered. They highlighted the strange deaths of four associates, including Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who was found hanged in 2013.
Misha Glenny (pictured), author of McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld, believes there are enough unanswered questions over Young’s death for police to revisit the case.
“Without doubt, Young’s death is one of the most curious cases of all. Because there is this association with Russia, one tends to include the possibility that it may be murder” – Misha Glenny
He told the Daily Record: “When you look at his death, if you were going to commit suicide, would you really jump on to a bunch of railings? It just seems extremely strange.
“In McMafia, we have already seen two cases of defenestration (throwing from a height) – one voluntary and one forced. One threw himself off the roof of a building opposite Harrods and the other was in Prague, where there have been several such cases.”
Young, 52, from Dundee, was once said to have been worth £800 million.
Former wife Michelle and their daughters raised questions over the failed property deal in Moscow after his death.
Michelle pointed out that the coroner decided there was not enough evidence to conclude the death was suicide.