Businessman Sergey Kapchuk, 45, drafted in bodyguards after the murder of Putin enemy Nikolai Glushkov and the Salisbury poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
He said he feared he would be next to die amid claims he had moved from No 12 to No 11 on a hit-list of runaway Russians.
Last night he was reported to have “surrendered to Russia” in the Croatian capital Zagreb.
He had been wanted by Russian authorities for more than a decade after fleeing to London before being jailed in his absence on fraud charges.
But he was said to have returned last night after being promised he would be spared the Russian president’s wrath.
Kapchuk was said to be one of several “Londongrad exiles” tempted by an offer to drop charges if they came home.
The tycoon appeared on TV in March, flanked by minders. He told a pro-Kremlin channel: “I’m not sure about my safety in London.”
THE cop probe into the Skripal poisoning is one of Britain’s biggest yet, ministers heard yesterday. More than 400 officers are hunting those behind the March attack.
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