Another mysterious death of a senior Russian official: Putin's key man is said to have 'fallen overboard' from a ship

Another mysterious death of a senior Russian official: Putin’s key man is said to have ‘fallen overboard’ from a ship

Ivan Pechorine (east2westnews)

Ivan Pethoringeneral director of the Russian Arctic and Far East Development Company, died after “fall overboardwhile sailing off the country’s Pacific coast, Russian media reported.

The 39-year-old official allegedly fell from a boat into waters near Russky Island, the Russian newspaper reported. Komsomolskaya Pravda. His body was found after a search that lasted more than a day.

“Ivan’s death is a irreparable loss for friends and colleagues, a great loss for society,” read an official statement from the company where he worked.

Pechorin joins the growing list Russian businessmen die in suspicious circumstances, many of them with ties to Gazprom and other energy companies.

The former CEO of the company for which Pechorin worked, Igor Nosov43, also died suddenly in February, apparently of a stroke.

wave of mysterious deaths

In recent months, several episodes have aroused suspicion in Russia.

Earlier this month, the chairman of Russian oil company Lukoil, Ravil Maganovdied after falling from a window of the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow where he was admitted, Russian agencies reported interface Yes CASS.

A Gazprom executive was found dead in his country house in the town of Leninsky, near Leningrad, on January 30, 2022. The Russian Network RentalTV identified him as Leonid Shulman, transport manager at Gazprom Investand the Russian state agency RIA Novosti reported that a suicide note was found at the scene, an oddity considering the stab wounds to his body.

File image of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) with oil company Lukoil First Executive Vice President Ravil Maganov (Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters)
File image of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) with oil company Lukoil First Executive Vice President Ravil Maganov (Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters)

On February 25, he was found dead in the same city Alexander Tyulakov, another senior Gazprom official. The Independent Russian Daily Novaya Gazeta He explained that he was found dead in his garage and said it was a suicide, although versions suggest his body bore the marks of blows.

For his part, the Russian billionaire of Ukrainian origin Michael Watford was found dead at his home in Surrey, England on February 28. Local police explained to the channel CNN that the death is under investigation by a coroner.

Vasily Melnikovowner of medical supply company MedStom, was found dead with his family in Nizhny Novgorod at the end of March, as revealed by the Russian newspaper Kommersant. In the days following the incident, the Board of Inquiry said “there was no sign of unauthorized entry into the apartment” and that “knives were found and seized”. And he warned that “investigators are considering different versions of what happened, including the murder of the children and the wife by the head of the family, followed by a self-inflicted death”.

Vladislav Avaevformer vice-president of Gazprombankwas found dead with his wife and daughter in his Moscow apartment on April 18, according to the Russian state agency Mug, What He said the case was being investigated as a murder-suicide. His middle friend questioned whether he was being treated for a crime of jealousy, as investigators claimed, and they point out he had access to financial secrets.

A day later, on April 19, Sergei Protosenyaleader of gas producer Novatek, which is partly owned by Gazprom, was found dead north of Barcelona and the bodies of his wife and daughter were found nearby, according to the CNN.

In addition, two other high profile businessmen were found dead.

In April, Yevgeny Palantbillionaire in the mobile phone business, was found dead along with his stabbed wife and the state media version pointed out that the woman killed him and then committed suicide when he told her he would leave her.

In May, the billionaire Alexandre Subbotin, 43, a former senior executive at energy giant Lukoil, was also found dead after “following the advice of shamans”. One theory is that he was poisoned with toad venom which caused a heart attack.

Beginning of July, Yuri Voronova 61-year-old Russian executive linked to energy giant Gazprom, He appeared lifeless in his luxurious mansion on the outskirts of St Petersburgwith a bullet in the head, floating in water and with a gun nearby.

(With information from EFE)

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