LAST UPDATE 12:25
Ravil Maganov, chairman of the Board of Directors of Russia’s second-largest oil producer Lukoil, was killed on Thursday after falling from a hospital window in Moscow, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters.
Some Russian media also reported the death of 67-year-old Maganov, who was also Lukoil’s vice president, citing unnamed sources.
According to the Russian news agency ENews112, “Ravil Maganov was being treated in a ward on the 6th floor of the hospital. The authorities will clarify the cause of the fall of the famous executive in the oil industry. Law enforcement agencies are working on the scene.”
For its part, the TASS agency reports that Maganov committed suicide citing an unnamed local police official. According to the same publication, the 67-year-old was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack while also taking antidepressants.
However, in a statement issued by Lukoil, long after Maganov’s death became known, the oil company claims that its leader “died after a serious illness”. The company also excels in his managerial talent which has helped it become one of the leading oil producers in the world.
This is the second death of a top executive of the Russian oil giant in a few months, as billionaire and senior Lukoil executive Alexander Shubotin died under mysterious circumstances in May of a heart attack caused by a powerful poison.
It is worth noting that Lukoil was one of the Russian companies that had taken a stand publicly against the invasion of Ukraine, calling for an end to the war.
“We stand for an immediate end to the armed conflict and fully support its resolution through negotiation and diplomatic means,” Lukoil said in a letter to shareholders in early March.
A short time later, in April, the energy giant’s long-time chairman Vagint Alekperov, the tenth richest Russian on the Forbes list, resigned after Britain included him in sanctions against Russian officials – in order to “protect the operation of the company”, as sources had reported to Reuters.
Ravil Maganov worked at Lukoil since 1993, shortly after the company was founded, while he became chairman of the Board of Directors. of 2020. His brother Nayl heads the smaller Russian oil Tatneft.
Ravil Maganov was a close associate of Vagit Alekperov.