Before Ravil Maganov, a bunch of bosses in Russian energy companies died mysteriously
The head of Russian oil company Lukoil, which has criticized the war in Ukraine, was found dead on Thursday after jumping from a sixth-floor window of a Moscow hospital, Western media reported. This is the second death of an energy executive in Russia since the beginning of the year.
Russian state media declared the death of 67-year-old Ravil Maganov a suicide, but police sources revealed there was no obituary and no CCTV cameras in the part of the building where the Russian fell.
Initial reports claimed that Maganov “threw himself from the window” before being found dead by medical personnel. But police are still investigating whether it was a suicide or a suspicious death.
A pack of cigarettes was allegedly found near the window from which Maganov fell, leading investigators to believe that he
he may have been smoking before he fell
It is also reported that at the time of the fall, his wife was in the adjacent room of the elite hospital.
Reports suggest that the oil company executive was at the health facility for a routine check-up for a long-standing heart problem. He also suffered from depression and took medication for it.
Lukoil, chaired by Maganov, was one of the few major Russian companies to call for an end to the fighting in Ukraine after Moscow invaded. In a statement in the days after the invasion, the company’s board called for an “immediate” end to the fighting, expressing sympathy for those affected by the tragedy.
And seven months later, Maganov was found dead after falling from the window of the Moscow Central Clinical Hospital, where the former leader of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, died on Tuesday, Western publications note. Maganov, whose brother Nail heads another oil company, Tatneft, was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky, awarded to public servants for 20 or more years of distinguished service, in 2019 by President Vladimir Putin. He has been the chairman of Lukoil since 2020 and served as vice president from 2006 to 2020. In 1977, he graduated from the Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry “Gubkin” in Moscow. He began his career immediately after. His wife Fania is the director of the English first language high school in Almetyevsk, and his son Ravil is a competitor.
Founded out of state-owned oil assets during the collapse of the USSR by Vagit Alekperov, a former Soviet deputy energy minister, Lukoil is one of the few major energy companies in Moscow not under state control.
Maganov’s death is another in the mysterious series. In recent months, a number of senior Russian officials have died under suspicious circumstances.
A day after the war began in February, Alexander Tylyakov, deputy head of the finance department of the gas monopoly Gazprom, was found dead in the garage of his home in Leninsky, an elite suburb of St. Petersburg. Investigators theorize that Tyuliakov’s death was the second suicide in the same suburb in less than a month, after Leonid Shulman, the executive director of Gazprom’s transport subsidiary, was found dead in his bathroom in late January.
In July, police found Yuri Voronov, the head of the shipping company Astra Shipping, which contracts for Gazprom, dead in a swimming pool at his home in the same suburb near St. Petersburg. He was
found with a gunshot wound to the head,
and the authorities again announced that it was a suicide.
Russian media linked what happened to Voronov to business problems and claimed that Shulman was depressed after separating from his wife and suffering a serious leg injury.
In April, former Gazprombank vice president Vladislav Avaev, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were found shot to death in their Moscow apartment. Police said the businessman likely killed his family and then took his own life, but did not name a possible motive.
Just a day later, Sergey Protosenya, former senior executive director of the gas producer Novatek,
was found hanged in his villa in Spain
along with his wife and teenage daughter, who were stabbed to death.
Police say Protosenya killed his family before hanging himself, although no suicide note or fingerprints were found on the weapons. Protosenya’s son later said he thought his father was killed.
The former executive director of Lukoil, Alexander Subotin, died of a heart attack in a rented house in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Moscow in May. The property belonged to a shaman, where the Russian businessman was treated. He or his brother, Valery Subotin, have been tipped as possible successors to company founder and president Vagit Alekperov, who resigned on April 21 after Western sanctions were imposed on him.