At least eight Russian oligarchs have died under unknown circumstances since the beginning of 2022.

Novatek, Gazprom and Lukoil: these are companies linked to the oligarchs found dead in recent months. The number of reported cases in the circumstances under investigation has aroused speculation.

Last week, the death of a Russian oligarch was announced. Alexander Subbotin, a former director of the energy company Lukoil, the investigation has begun, said the Russian agency TASS, which added that tests are being carried out to detect the presence of the drug in the body. The subbot was found dead in the shaman’s basement in Mytishchi after he suffered an apparent heart attack, he wrote. news week. Also this month Andrei Krukovsky lost his life by falling off a cliff, DW reports. He was only 37 years old and served as its director Krasnaya Polyana.

In April, two Russian oligarchs were found dead with their families only every day: Vladislav Avayev and Sergei Protosenja. Vladislav Avayev, a former vice president of Gazprombank, was found dead in gunshot wounds from his Moscow apartment, he wrote. Business Insider. The theory on the table is that Avayev shot his wife and daughter before he ended his life. Just over three kilometers away, Sergei Protosenja, a former board member of the natural gas company Novatek, was found hanged and his wife and daughter were stabbed to death.

According to the Spanish Telecinco channel first studies they also pointed out that the millionaire had first killed his wife and daughter while they were sleeping and then committed suicide. But Novatek issued a statement describing Protosenya as the father of the family: “Unfortunately, there has been speculation in the media on this subject, but we are convinced that this speculation is not true. We hope the Spanish authorities will carry out an objective and detailed investigation to find out what happened.”

Studies do not clarify the causes

They were not the only cases where there were similarities. Died at the end of March Vasily Melnikov, owner of MedStom, a manufacturer of medical devices. CNN said the information reported by the Russian Kommersant about the death of Melnikov’s family was consistent with what the Russian investigation reported: the man and his wife, as well as their 4- and 10-year-old children, were found stabbed. and lifeless on March 23rd.

“[Os investigadores] considering various versions of what happened, including the murder of Melnikov ‘s children and woman, followed by “self – inflicted death,” Russian sources quoted by CNN clarified. There were no signs of violent entry into the apartment, but no further information was provided on the progress of the investigation.

One of the cases on this list is before the start of the war in Ukraine. In January, Leonid Shulman, Gazprom, was found dead. According to Business Insider, a suicide message was left at the scene, the authenticity of which is being questioned.

A month later, the body of another Gazprom employee was found. The publication “Ukrayinska Pravda” points out that the body Alexander Tyuljakov, the director of a Russian energy company, was found on the morning of February 25th. It is alleged that Gazprom’s security drove the police away, and suicide was cited as the obvious reason.

At the beginning of March, a Ukrainian-born oligarch was also found dead at home. It was about Mikhail Watford, who was 66 years old and made his fortune with oil and gas. “An investigation into the death is underway, but we don’t think there are any suspicious circumstances at the moment,” a Surrey police spokesman said. There were no indications that Britain had been sanctioned for his proximity to Putin or any other Kremlin-led operation.

Speculation about Russia’s involvement

Various cases have raised doubts. In an article published by the Warsaw Institute a incubator in international affairs, it is alleged that the deaths were suspected of staged suicide, and it is questioned who could be held responsible. “People who may join the Kremlin are covering up traces of state-owned corporate fraud,” it concludes.

Bill Browder, an investor who earned his fortune in Russia until he was blacklisted by the Kremlin in 2005, told Newsweek that “whenever there’s a lot of money, you should assume the worst.” Browder argues that there is enough empirical evidence of assassinations organized by competitors of the Kremlin or Russian business to make the cases suspicious. But so far there is no evidence of outside involvement in either case.

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