(LUKOY), OAO Gazprom Sponsored (OGZPY) – 7 Powerful Russian Business Tycoons Who Have Mysteriously Died Since Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine
Death of the boss of the second Russian oil producerLukoil LUKOYunder suspicious circumstances raised many eyebrows, given his criticism of Vladimir Poutinethe invasion of Ukraine.
What happened: Ravil Maganov was the second Lukoil board member and the last Russian oligarch to die since the invasion of Ukraine began in February. Reports show that at least seven influential Russian businessmen have died – either by suicide or in mysterious circumstances – in the midst of the Russian-Ukrainian war.
Ravil Maganovthe chairman of Lukoil, died on Thursday after falling from a room window on the 6th floor of the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow. The company he ran was one of the few Russian companies to oppose Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and expressed “concern over the ongoing tragic events in Ukraine” and expressed “his most Deepest sympathy to all those affected by this tragedy.”
One day after the invasion, Alexander Tyuliakov — of Gazprom OGZPY deputy general manager of the Unified Settlement Center (UCC) for Enterprise Security ± was found dead hanged in the garage of his home in St. Petersburg. However, investigators have concluded that he committed suicide, according to Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
Ukrainian-born oligarchy Mikhail Watford was also found dead in the garage of his $20 million mansion in Surrey, England on February 28, according to the BBC. However, the Surrey Police said at the time that there were no suspicious circumstances “at this time”.
Another Russian businessman Vasily Melnikov was found dead in his luxury apartment in Nizhny Novgorod, along with his wife and two children. The investigation revealed that he killed his 41-year-old wife and two children before killing himself on March 23, CNN reported citing Russian newspaper Kommersant.
The former Kremlin official and vice-president of the Gazprombank, Vladislav Avaevwas found dead in his Moscow penthouse on April 18. Also in this case, investigators revealed that the victim killed his wife and 13-year-old daughter before committing suicide, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported.
On April 26, Sergei Protoseniathe Russian millionaire and former senior executive of Russia’s largest liquefied natural gas producer Novatek was found dead in his luxurious Spanish villa on the Costa Brava, alongside his wife and an 18-year-old daughter.
Catalan font also claimed that Protosenya killed his wife and child before committing suicide, RIA Novosti reported.
Alexandre Subbotinthe former executive of Lukoil, was found dead in the basement of a country house in Mytishchi in Moscow on May 9. The room where Subbotin died was said to have been used for “Jamaican voodoo rituals”, TASS reported.
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