Russian President Vladimir Putin stands next to the First Executive Vice President of Oil producer Lukoil Ravil Maganov after decorating him with the Alexander Nevsky Medal during the award ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, November 21, 2019. .
Mikhail Klimentyev | Kremlin | Sputnik | via Reuters
WASHINGTON – The death of Ravil Maganov, Chairman of Russian oil giant Lukoil, at a Moscow hospital on Thursday appears to mark the eighth time this year that a Russian energy executive has died. suddenly and under unusual circumstances.
Maganov died after falling out of the window of the capital’s Central Clinical Hospital, according to the Russian state-funded Interfax news agency. The circumstances of Maganov’s death were confirmed by Reuters, citing two unnamed sources.
But Lukoil, the company Maganov helped build, said the 67-year-old had “passed away from a serious illness” in a press statement. The Russian Embassy in Washington did not respond to CNBC’s request for an official statement.
The circumstances surrounding Maganov’s sudden death have attracted international attention, partly because seven other top Russian energy executives have been victims of untimely deaths since January, according to Russian and international news agencies.
Below is a list of these cases, in chronological order.
- In late January, Leonid Shulman, a top executive of Russian natural gas giant Gazprom, was found dead in the bathroom of a cottage in the village of Leninsky. Russian media group RBC reported on his death but did not give a cause.
- On February 25, another Gazprom executive, Alexander Tyulakov, was found dead in the same village as Shulman, this time in the garage. According to Russian media outlet Novaya Gazeta, Investigators found a banknote near Tyulakov’s body.
- On February 28, three days after Tyulakov’s death, a Russian oil and gas billionaire living in the UK, Mikhail Watford, was found hanged in the garage of his hometown estate. At that time, Investigators say Watford’s death is “unexplained,” but does not appear suspicious.
- On April 18, a former vice president of Gazprombank, Vladislav Avayev, was found dead in his Moscow apartment, along with his wife and daughter, who also died. Radio Free Europe reported at the time that authorities treated the case as a murder-suicide. Gazprombank is Russia’s third largest bank and has close ties to the energy sector.
- On April 19, a former vice president of Novatek, Russia’s largest liquefied natural gas producer, was found dead in a holiday home in Spain. Like Avayev in Moscow, Sergei Protosenya was found with his wife and daughter, who have also passed away. And like Avayev, police investigating the scene said they believe it was a murder-suicide, a theory that Avayev’s son survived. declined to make it public.
- In May, the body of billionaire and former Lukoil executive Alexander Subbotin was discovered in the basement of a house in the Moscow countryside. The room where Subbotin died is said to be used for “Jamaican voodoo rituals” Russian state media agency TASS reported, citing local authorities.
- In July, Yury Voronov, CEO and founder of a shipping contractor that provides services to Gazprom’s Arctic projects, was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound in a swimming pool at his home in Leninskythe same elite community in St.Petersburg where Shulman and Tyulakov died earlier this year.