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Factbox: Russian businessmen who died under mysterious circumstances

Russian President Vladimir Putin stands next to first executive vice president of oil producer Lukoil Ravil Maganov after awarding him the Order of Alexander Nevsky during an awards ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia November 21, 2019. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

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September 1 (Reuters) – Ravil Maganov, chairman of Russia’s oil company Lukoil, was the latest in a line of businessmen to face sudden unexplained deaths when he fell from a hospital window in Moscow on Thursday. Continue reading

Here is a list of other recent cases.

Leonid Schulman

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– Shulman, 60, was the head of transportation services at Gazprom Invest, which handles investment projects for gas giant Gazprom (GAZP.MM). His body was found on January 30 in the bathroom of a country house in Vyborgsky district north of Saint Petersburg, local news reported, citing a source.

– A source told RIA news agency that his death was believed to be suicide. A local news portal reported that Shulman was on sick leave with a leg injury. https://bit.ly/3RipSFs https://bit.ly/3KApBLY

Alexander Tulakov

– Tyulakov, a 61-year-old manager at Gazprom (GAZP.MM), was found dead in the garage of his home in St. Petersburg on February 25, the morning after Russia invaded Ukraine, Russian media reported.

– Neither Gazprom nor the region’s investigative committee made any public statements about the death, which the Novaya Gazeta newspaper described as an apparent suicide. The newspaper reported that people posing as members of Gazprom’s security services cordoned off the crime scene. Reuters was unable to independently verify this report. https://bit.ly/3AIEyXT

Mikhail Watford

– Watford, a 66-year-old Ukrainian-born businessman, was found dead at a property in south-east England on February 28, local media reported, citing police.

– Surrey Police were quoted as saying officers did not view his death as suspicious but that an inquiry was ongoing. https://bit.ly/3CPvAur

Vladislav Avayev

– Avayev, a 51-year-old ex-VP of Gazprombank, was found dead in a Moscow apartment on April 18 along with the bodies of his wife and daughter, Russian media reported.

– The newspaper Kommersant quoted investigators as saying they believed Avayev, a well-known banker, shot them both before committing suicide. https://bit.ly/3Q2IsQJ

Sergei Protosenya

– On April 19, Sergei Protosenya, a 55-year-old former top executive of Russia’s largest liquefied natural gas producer Novatek (NVTK.MM), was found dead in a villa in Spain along with his wife and daughter, Russian news media reported.

– The Catalan Regional Police investigating the case said they believe he killed her and then took his own life. https://bit.ly/3RtLbnG

Vladimir Lyakishev

– Lyakishev, the 45-year-old former co-owner of restaurant chain Bratya Karavayevi, was found dead on the 16th-floor balcony of the building where he lived, Russian media group RBC reported.

– A source told RBC that Lyakishev was found on May 4 with a gunshot wound to the head. https://bit.ly/3RtvkoS

Yuri Voronov

– Voronov, the CEO and founder of Astra-Shipping, a company that worked for Gazprom on arctic contracts, was found dead in a swimming pool at a cottage complex in the Leningrad region, RBC wrote in July. He was found with a gunshot wound to the head while a handgun was found nearby, RBC said. https://bit.ly/3CSxH0v

Rawil Maganov

– Ravil Maganov, the 67-year-old chairman of Lukoil (LKOH.MM), died on Thursday after falling from a hospital window in Moscow, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.

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Reporting by Reuters Editor by Peter Graff

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