The glamorous granddaughter of one of Vladimir Putin’s most prominent business enemies was killed when her BMW spun off a road and crashed into a lake. Heiress Diana Lebedeva – who was known to her friends as Lady D – was a leading member of the Moscow ‘golden youth’ rich set.
She was in a BMW X6 driven by friend Azer Yagubov, 23 – the son of an Azerbaijani businessman – who was also killed. Both the friends had been educated in Switzerland and the Russian embassy in Bern confirmed the deaths.
The accident at 4am on Thursday came after the car crashed through a barrier and plunged into the lake close to the village of Castagnola.
The vehicle and the bodies were found at the bottom of the lake, according to reports in Switzerland and Russia.