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Scot Young: New TV series probes ‘Russian links’ to death of Dundee property tycoon

The documentaries allege the death of Scot Young is connected to Russia. Credit: REX
The documentaries allege the death of Scot Young is connected to Russia. Credit: REX

A new documentary series will probe suspected Russian links to the death of a Dundee business tycoon in London.

Scot Young, 52 – who was brought up in Stobswell before making his millions as a property developer – was found dead in December 2014.

He had fallen four storeys from his London penthouse on to the railings below.

Series looks at 14 mysterious deaths

A 2015 inquest found his death could not be ruled as suicide due to insufficient evidence, and police insisted there were no suspicious circumstances.

But a subsequent investigation by Buzzfeed News claimed there was evidence linking the death of Young – and 13 others – to Russia.

Those deaths will now be the subject of the docu-series – One Upon a Time in Londongrad – to be broadcast by Sky.

The series sees investigative reporter Heidi Blake act on a tip into Young’s death which prompts her to re-examine the circumstances leading to the incident.

This opens up a trail to 13 other deaths in mysterious circumstances, including a helicopter crash, a poisoning and a man found dead in a sports bag.

Investigators claim the common theme linking the deaths is Russia.

A description of the docu-series states: “Set across Vladimir Putin’s two decades in power, Once Upon a Time in Londongrad charts how the UK became reliant on Russian money and missed opportunities to contain the Kremlin.

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The documentary will look at how Dundee man Scot Young fell on to the railings of his Marylebone flat and the suspected Russia’s links to his death. Image: Louisa Collins-Marsh/PA Wire.

“The timely series explores fourteen mysterious deaths in the UK with alleged connections to Russia, delving into the hidden underworld of Russian exiles in London to link some of the most internationally significant cases in living memory – including the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, the suspicious death of oligarch Boris Berezovsky and the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.

“Once Upon a Time in Londongrad is both a cautionary tale and an origins story of Russia’s path to eventually invading Ukraine.”

The series will air on Sky Documentaries and Now from May 31.

Who was Scot Young?

Young was the son of former Dundee United player Duncan Young.

He grew up on Clepington Street in Dundee – but moved to London where he met wife Michelle.

He reportedly started building contacts in the property business with the help of his father-in-law – buying houses to renovate and sell on for a profit.

He eventually built up a £2 billion fortune but lost all his money in a deal for a retail development in Moscow.

Many of the details emerged as the couple played out bitter divorce proceedings in 2011.

Dundee millionaire Scot Young, who died in 2014, with feature is the Russia documentaries. Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire

The father-of-two was sent to jail in 2013 for refusing to reveal his finances during the court battle.

An inquest into his December 2014 death heard how Young told partner Noelle Reno on the phone that he was going to jump out the window, moments before he was found.

According to the Buzzfeed investigation, Young “had been telling friends, family, and the police for years that he was being targeted by a team of Russian hitmen – ever since his fortune vanished overnight in a mysterious Moscow property deal”.

It added: “He was the ninth in a circle of friends and business associates to die in suspicious circumstances.”

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