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Lukoil chairman Ravil Maganov is the eighth Russian power govt to die instantly this yr

Russian President Vladimir Putin stands subsequent to First Govt Vice President of oil producer Lukoil Ravil Maganov after adorning him with the Order of Alexander Nevsky throughout an awarding ceremony on the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, November 21, 2019.

Mikhail Klimentyev | Kremlin | Sputnik | through Reuters

WASHINGTON — The demise of Ravil Maganov, chairman of the Russian oil large Lukoil, at a hospital in Moscow on Thursday seems to mark the eighth time this yr {that a} Russian power govt has died instantly and below uncommon circumstances.

Maganov died after falling out of the window of the capital’s Central Medical Hospital, in accordance with the Russian state-sponsored information outlet Interfax. The circumstances of Maganov’s demise had been confirmed by Reuters, citing two nameless sources.

However Lukoil, the corporate that Maganov helped to construct, stated the 67 yr outdated had “handed away following a severe sickness” in a press assertion. The Russian embassy in Washington didn’t reply to a request from CNBC for an official assertion.

The circumstances surrounding Maganov’s sudden demise have drawn worldwide consideration, partially, as a result of seven different prime Russian power executives have been victims of premature deaths since January, in accordance with stories by Russian and worldwide information businesses.

Beneath is a listing of those instances, in chronological order.

  • In late January, Leonid Shulman, a prime govt on the Russian pure gasoline large Gazprom, was discovered useless within the toilet of a cottage within the village of Leninsky. The Russian media group RBC reported his demise, however didn’t cite a trigger.
  • On Feb. 25, one other Gazprom govt, Alexander Tyulakov, was discovered useless in the identical village as Shulman, this time in a storage. In accordance with the Russian media outlet Novaya Gazeta, investigators discovered a observe close to Tyulakov’s physique.
  • On Feb. 28, three days after Tyulakov died, a Russian oil and gasoline billionaire residing in England, Mikhail Watford, was discovered hanged within the storage of his nation property. On the time, investigators reportedly stated Watford’s demise was “unexplained,” however didn’t seem suspicious.
  • On April 18, a former vp of Gazprombank, Vladislav Avayev, was discovered useless in his Moscow residence, alongside his spouse and daughter, who additionally died. Authorities handled the case as a murder-suicide, Radio Free Europe reported on the time. Gazprombank is Russia’s third largest financial institution and has shut ties to the power sector.
  • On April 19, a former deputy chairman of Novatek, Russia’s largest liquefied pure gasoline producer, was discovered useless in a trip dwelling in Spain. Like Avayev in Moscow, Sergei Protosenya was discovered together with his spouse and daughter, who had been additionally deceased. And like Avayev, police investigating the scene stated they believed it was a murder-suicide, a principle that Avayev’s surviving son has publicly rejected.
  • In Could, the physique of billionaire and former Lukoil govt Alexander Subbotin was found within the basement of a rustic home within the Moscow area. The room the place Subbotin died was allegedly used for “Jamaican voodoo rituals,” the Russian state media outlet TASS reported, quoting native authorities.
  • In July, Yury Voronov, the CEO and founding father of a transport contractor that companies Gazprom’s Arctic initiatives was discovered useless of an obvious gunshot wound in a swimming pool at his dwelling in Leninsky, the identical elite St. Petersburg gated group the place Shulman and Tyulakov died earlier within the yr.

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