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Russian Oligarchs Are Dying en Masse: 11 Dead Since Start of Ukrainian Invassion

Oligarcas rusos mueren como moscas: ya son 11 los fallecidos tras el inicio de la invasión a Ucrania

Suicides, poisonings, drownings, and alleged falls from windows. Up to 15 Russian oligarchs have died in strange circumstances in 2022. Most of them are linked to the energy sector, particularly the gas sector. Since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, ordered by Vladimir Putin, the number of dead oligarchs is 11, a situation that has caused suspicion in the Western press.

For example, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported that “so far this year, 11 senior executives have died in strange and violent circumstances in Russia, Spain, England and the United States. They leave an inheritance of more than 2,500 million.”

The deaths are so bizarre that Wikipedia has even created a page listing all the names of Russian oligarchs who died this year along with the cause of death.

At the beginning of the month, on September 1, the fact-checking section of Reuters confirmed several of the deaths of important Russian oligarchs. Some media have even made the assessment that several of these businessmen had positioned themselves against the war in Ukraine because of different circumstances, including the negative economic consequences for Russia.

List of the Most Shocking and Bizarre Deaths of Russian oligarchs

  • Leonid Shulman

According to the local press, the man’s body was found on January 30, in the bathroom of a country house in the Vyborgsky district, north of St. Petersburg. He was the head of the transport service of Gazprom Invest, a department in charge of Gazprom’s investment projects.

  • Alexander Tyulakov

He was deputy general director of Gazprom’s Unified Settlement Center and was found dead in his garage on February 25, Russian independent media Novaya Gazeta reported. The case was also outlined as an alleged suicide. CNN reported in April that several senior Gazprom officials had died in strange circumstances this year but the company did not return the news network’s calls.

  • Mikhail Watford

He was an oligarch of Ukrainian origin allegedly close to Vladimir Putin who made his fortune in the oil and gas industry after the demise of the Soviet Union. According to The Guardian, the man died in the United Kingdom, in the city of Surrey, in strange circumstances that were “unexplained” to the authorities but not “suspicious.”

  • Vladislav Avayev

According to the Reuters report, the former Gazprombank vice-president was found dead next to the bodies of his wife and daughter on April 18 in his apartment in the Russian capital, Moscow. Local media reported that Avayev had allegedly shot the two women before committing suicide.

  • Sergei Protosenya

This man died last April 19 in a very similar manner to Avayev’s. He was an executive of the largest producer of liquefied natural gas in Russia, Novatek (NVTK.MM). He was an executive of the largest producer of liquefied natural gas in Russia, Novatek (NVTK.MM), and, according to the Spanish press, he was found hanged in the town of Lloret de Mar, Spain, after allegedly murdering his wife and daughter. However, his son, Fedor, defended his father’s memory and claimed that he was murdered.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a ceremony to receive credentials of foreign ambassadors at the Alexander Hall of the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Sept. 20, 2022. (EFE)
  • Yury Voronov

Voronoc was founder and CEO of Astra-Shipping, a shipping company that provides services to Gazprom’s Arctic projects. The man was found dead with a bullet in his body in his swimming pool in Leninsky, a gated community in St. Petersburg, CNBC reported.

  • Alexander Subbotin

The death of this Russian tycoon is one of the strangest so far. As reported by Business Insider, this top Lukoil official died at a shaman’s house where he apparently consumed a naturopathic hangover cure in the form of toad venom. Russian media, such as The Moscow Times, reported on the matter.
Lukoil is Russia’s largest private oil company and one of the few Russian companies to speak out against the war in Ukraine.

  • Ravil Maganov

This oligarch, who was president of Lukoil, died after falling from a hospital window in Moscow, according to two anonymous sources informed Reuters. However, Lukoil denied this version in a statement in which they explained that their former president died due to a serious illness.

Regardless of whether these deaths are coincidences or not, what is certain is that in this 2022 Russian oligarchs are having a very bad time, practically dropping like flies and in quite inexplicable circumstances.

Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón is a journalist at El American specializing in the areas of American politics and media analysis // Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón es periodista de El American especializado en las áreas de política americana y análisis de medios de comunicación.

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