Russian President Vladimir Putin holds the rank of first oil producer Lukoil Ravil Maganov after adorning him with the Order of Alexander Nevsky during the awards ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, November 21, 2019. I am standing next to the Vice President.
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WASHINGTON — The death of Russian oil giant Lukoil Chairman Rabil Maganov in a Moscow hospital on Thursday appears to mark the eighth time this year that a Russian energy executive has died suddenly in unusual circumstances. is.
Maganov died after falling from a window at the capital’s Central Clinical Hospital.The circumstances of Maganov’s death were confirmed by Reuters, citing two anonymous sources. Oil companies and their chairmen were critical of the Ukraine war. He expressed his disapproval in a statement dated March 3.
However, the company Lukoil, which Maganov helped found, said the 67-year-old Maganov “died after a serious illness.” press statementThe Russian Embassy in Washington did not respond to CNBC’s request for an official statement.
The circumstances surrounding Mr Maganov’s sudden death have attracted international attention, in part because, according to Russian and international news agency reports, seven other Russian energy executives have been killed since January. are victims of premature death.
Below is a list of these cases in chronological order.
- In late January, Leonid Shulman, chief executive of Russian gas giant Gazprom, was found dead in the toilet of a cottage in Leninsky village. Russian media group RBC reported his death but did not mention the cause.
- On February 25, another Gazprom executive, Alexander Chulakov, said: found dead The same village as Shulman, this time in the garage. According to Russian news agency Novaya Gazeta, Investigators found a note near Chulakov’s body.
- On February 28, three days after Chulakov died, Russian oil and gas billionaire Mikhail Watford, who lives in England, was found hanged in the garage of his country mansion. at the time, Investigators reportedly said Watford’s death was It was “unexplained” but never seemed suspicious.
- On April 18, former Deputy Governor of Gazprom Bank Vladislav Avaev was found dead in his Moscow apartment along with his wife and daughter. Authorities treated the case as a murder-suicide, Radio Free Europe reported at the time. Gazprombank is his third largest bank in Russia and has close ties to the energy sector.
- On April 19, the former vice chairman of Russia’s largest liquefied natural gas producer Novatek was found dead in his villa in Spain. Like Avaev in Moscow, Sergei Protosenya was found with his wife and daughter, but they were also dead. And, like Abayev, police investigating the scene said they believed it was a murder-suicide.This is because Abayev’s surviving son publicly refused.
- In May, the body of billionaire and former Lukoil executive Alexander Subotin was found in the basement of a country house in the Moscow region. The room in which Subbotin died is said to have been used for “a Jamaican voodoo ritual.” Russian state media TASS reported. Citing local government.
- In July, Yuri Voronov, CEO and founder of a shipping contractor that services Gazprom’s Arctic projects, was found dead. Apparent gunshot wound in Leninsky’s home poolthe same St. Petersburg gated community where Shulman and Chulakov died earlier this year.