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Russia: 8 oligarchs dead in… 8 months

Russia: 8 oligarchs dead in… 8 months
Russia: 8 oligarchs dead in… 8 months

Tthe issue of the deaths of leading Russian oligarchs is back in the spotlight, following the death of Russian oligarch and Lukoil chairman Ravil Maganov, who fell on Thursday, September 1, from the window of his hospital room where he was being treated.

The case that preoccupies the media all over the world is doomed to remain largely unsolved, as in the West the scenarios of political assassination are raging, while Russia is seen as a suicide. Given the ongoing war in Ukraine and the hybrid operations of disinformation and propaganda by all parties involved, the true conditions and causes will remain within the reach of a few.

However, it is worth noting that Ravil Maganov had opposed the war in Ukraine, which automatically placed him among Putin’s opponents. The Russian president and Russia’s secret services have been accused by the West on several occasions of murderous attacks, even of poisoning with toxic agents, where the opposition leader in Russia recently escaped.

Auditor’s note: Out of the box

Political assassinations, settling business accounts and mafia political action both in Russia and in Europe and other parts of the world is a matter of constant concern. In times of war, scenarios are easier to believe, but that doesn’t make them real. Such cases require a careful approach and minimal certainties, even for the obvious facts.H Dafina Caruana from Malta, o Jan Kuciak in Slovakia, Marinova in Bulgaria and Caravaggio in Greece are only some of the journalists who have been executed by organized crime in Europe.

In Greece, in fact, a prominent businessman, with relations with Cyprus and an emphasis on the petroleum sector was murdered some time ago and after he had met with prominent ministers of the Greek government. Before this event, powerful bomb had been planted in the offices listed on the Stock Exchange oil company in Greece.

There are no coincidences

Coincidences, in such a sensitive period, in such circumstances cannot be ignored. The barrage of deaths appears to have started in late January, shortly before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and has continued steadily ever since. Most of the dead were executives of Gazprom and Lukoil, the two largest oil companies in Russia. With energy being reduced to a major leverage of Russia’s pressure on the EU and vice versa, the developments will necessarily be seen under this light as well. At the same time, after Western sanctions against Russian oligarchs, another epidemic began, that of the sinking of luxury boats…

The death of Maganov

Maganov’s death, regardless of the causes, adds to a long list of Russian oligarchs who have been… found dead, thereby contributing significantly to the development of speculation. According to Russia’s state-run Interfax news agency, Maganov was killed by falling from the window of the Moscow Central Clinical Hospital where he was being treated. The circumstances of Maganov’s death were confirmed by the Reuters agency, citing two anonymous sources.

However, Lukoil, the company that Maganov helped build, said in a press release that its 67-year-old chairman “died after a serious illness”.

Meanwhile, the Russian embassy in Washington did not respond to CNBC’s request for an official statement.

Maganov and the 7 more dead

Maganov’s sudden death attracted international attention, as seven other top Russian energy officials have died prematurely since January this year, according to reports by Russian and international news agencies.

CNBC reports on this strange series of deaths, numbering them in chronological order:

  • The beginning took place at the end of January, when Leonid Shulman, a top executive at Russian gas giant Gazpromwas found dead in the bathroom of a country house in Leninsky.
    • Russian media group RBC announced his death, but did not say what caused it.
  • Then, on February 25, one more Gazprom executive, Alexander Tyulakov, he was also found dead in the same village as Shulman, but in a garage.
    • According to the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, investigators found an autographed note near Tyulakov’s body.
  • Three days after Tyulakov’s death, on February 28, Russian oil and gas billionaire Mikhail Watfordwho lived in England, was found hanged in the garage of his country house.
    • At the time, investigators reportedly described Watford’s death as “unexplained,” but not suspicious.
  • On April 18, the ex vice president of Gazprombank, Vladislav Avayev was found dead in his apartment in Moscow, along with his wife and daughter. Authorities treated the case as a murder-suicide, Radio Free Europe reported at the time.
  • One day later, on April 19, Mr Sergey Protosenia, former deputy president of NovatekRussia’s largest liquefied natural gas producer, was also found dead at a holiday home in Spain.
    • As in the case of Avayev in Moscow, Sergei Protosenia was found dead along with his wife and daughter. Also, as in Avayev’s case, police announced that it was a murder-suicide, a theory that Avayev’s surviving son has publicly rejected.
  • In May, his body billionaire and former Lukoil executive Alexander Shubotin found in a basement of a country house in the Moscow region.
    • The room where Subotin died was reportedly used for “Jamaican voodoo ceremonies,” Russian news agency TASS reported, citing local authorities.
  • Finally, in July, he was found murdered Yuri Voronov, CEO and founder of a shipping company that worked with Gazprom in the projects of the Russian energy giant in the Arctic.
    • Voronov was found dead after being shot in the swimming pool of his Leninsky residence, in the same expensive St. Petersburg district where Shulman and Tyulakov were found dead earlier this year.

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