Russian President Vladimir Putin stands close to First Executive Vice President of oil producer Lukoil Ravil Maganov after decorating him with the Order of Alexander Nevsky during an awarding ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, November 21, 2019.
Mikhail Klimentyev | Kremlin | Sputnik | via Reuters
WASHINGTON The death of Ravil Maganov, chairman of the Russian oil giant Lukoil, at a hospital in Moscow on Thursday seems to mark the eighth time this season a Russian energy executive has died suddenly and under unusual circumstances.
Maganov died after falling out in clumps of the window of the capital’s Central Clinical Hospital, based on the Russian state-sponsored news outlet Interfax. The circumstances of Maganov’s death were confirmed by Reuters, citing two anonymous sources.
But Lukoil, the business that Maganov helped to create, said the 67 year old had “passed on following a serious disease” in a press statement. The Russian embassy in Washington didn’t react to a request from CNBC for the official statement.
The circumstances surrounding Maganov’s sudden death have drawn international attention, partly, because seven other top Russian energy executives have already been victims of untimely deaths since January, in accordance with reports by Russian and international news agencies.
Below is really a set of these cases, in chronological order.
- In late January, Leonid Shulman, a high executive at the Russian gas giant Gazprom, was found dead in the toilet of a cottage in the village of Leninsky. The Russian media group RBC reported his death, but didn’t cite an underlying cause.
- On Feb. 25, another Gazprom executive, Alexander Tyulakov, was found dead in exactly the same village as Shulman, this time around in a garage. Based on the Russian media outlet Novaya Gazeta, investigators found an email near Tyulakov’s body.
- On Feb. 28, three days after Tyulakov died, a Russian coal and oil billionaire surviving in England, Mikhail Watford, was found hanged in the garage of his country estate. At that time, investigators reportedly said Watford’s death was “unexplained,” but didn’t appear suspicious.
- On April 18, a former vice president of Gazprombank, Vladislav Avayev, was found dead in his Moscow apartment, alongside his wife and daughter, who also died. Authorities treated the case as a murder-suicide, Radio Free Europe reported at that time. Gazprombank is Russia’s third largest bank and contains close ties to the power sector.
- On April 19, a former deputy chairman of Novatek, Russia’s largest liquefied gas producer, was found dead in a secondary home in Spain. Like Avayev in Moscow, Sergei Protosenya was found along with his wife and daughter, who have been also deceased. And like Avayev, police investigating the scene said they believed it had been a murder-suicide, a theory that Avayev’s surviving son has publicly rejected.
- IN-MAY, your body of billionaire and former Lukoil executive Alexander Subbotin was discovered in the basement of a country house in the Moscow region. The area where Subbotin died was allegedly useful for “Jamaican voodoo rituals,” the Russian state media outlet TASS reported, quoting local authorities.
- In July, Yury Voronov, the CEO and founder of a shipping contractor that services Gazprom’s Arctic projects was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound in a pool at his home in Leninsky, exactly the same elite St. Petersburg gated community where Shulman and Tyulakov died earlier in the entire year.