Lukoil Chairman Ravil Maganov is the 8th Russian energy executive to die suddenly this year

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

Mikhail Klimentyev | Kremlin | Sputnik | through Reuters

WASHINGTON — The loss of life of Ravil Maganov, chairman of Russian oil big Lukoil, at a hospital in Moscow seems to mark the eighth time this year {that a} Russian energy executive has died suddenly and underneath uncommon circumstances.

Maganov died Thursday after falling out of a window of the capital’s Central Clinical Hospital, in accordance to the Russian state-sponsored information outlet Interfax. The circumstances of Maganov’s loss of life had been confirmed by Reuters, citing two nameless sources. The oil firm, and its chairman, had been important of the Ukraine warfare, expressing disapproval in an announcement on March 3.

But Lukoil, the firm that Maganov helped to construct, mentioned in a press assertion that the 67-year-old had “passed away following a serious illness.” The Russian Embassy in Washington didn’t reply to a request from CNBC for an official assertion.

The circumstances surrounding Maganov’s sudden loss of life have drawn worldwide consideration, partly, as a result of seven different prime Russian energy executives have been victims of premature deaths since January, in accordance to stories by Russian and worldwide information companies.

Below is an inventory of those instances, in chronological order.

  • In late January, Leonid Shulman, a prime executive at Russian pure fuel big Gazprom, was discovered lifeless in the toilet of a cottage in the village of Leninsky. The Russian media group RBC reported his loss of life, however didn’t cite a trigger.
  • On Feb. 25, one other Gazprom executive, Alexander Tyulakov, was discovered lifeless in the identical village as Shulman, this time in a storage. According to the Russian media outlet Novaya Gazeta, investigators discovered a be aware close to Tyulakov’s physique.
  • On Feb. 28, three days after Tyulakov died, a Russian oil and fuel billionaire residing in England, Mikhail Watford, was discovered hanged in the storage of his nation property. At the time, investigators reportedly mentioned Watford’s loss of life was “unexplained,” however didn’t seem suspicious.
  • On April 18, a former vice chairman of Gazprombank, Vladislav Avayev, was discovered lifeless in his Moscow condo, alongside his spouse and daughter, who additionally died. Authorities handled the case as a murder-suicide, Radio Free Europe reported at the time. Gazprombank is Russia’s third-largest financial institution and has shut ties to the energy sector.
  • On April 19, a former deputy chairman of Novatek, Russia’s largest liquefied pure fuel producer, was discovered lifeless in a trip residence 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 mentioned they believed it was a murder-suicide, a principle that Avayev’s surviving son has publicly rejected.
  • In May, the physique of billionaire and former Lukoil executive Alexander Subbotin was found in the basement of a rustic home in the Moscow area. The room the place Subbotin died was allegedly used for “Jamaican voodoo rituals,” Russian state media outlet TASS reported, quoting native authorities.
  • In July, Yury Voronov, founder and CEO of a transport contractor that providers Gazprom’s Arctic tasks was discovered lifeless of an obvious gunshot wound in a swimming pool at his residence in Leninsky, the identical elite St. Petersburg gated group the place Shulman and Tyulakov died earlier in the year.

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