At least six Russian businessmen have been found dead in the past three months

At least six Russian businessmen have been found dead in the past three months

Archive photos of deceased businessmen Vladislav Avayev, Leonid Shulman, Alexander Tyulakov, Sergey Protosenya, Mikhail Watford and Vasily Melnikov

Since the end of January were found dead at least six businessmen Russians for reasons still under investigation, and four of them were linked to state-owned energy giant Gazprom.

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 He reported that found a suicide note In the scene.

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.

Russian billionaire of Ukrainian descent 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 being investigated by a coroner and that a report will be presented on July 29.

Michael Watford
Michael Watford

then there is three cases of businessmen who allegedly killed family members before committing suicide.

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.

The Russian investigative commission reported that a 43-year-old man, his 41-year-old wife and two children aged 4 and 10 had been found. stabbed to death March 23. Although the committee did not name Melnikov, the age of the victims and the location of the incident match the report of Kommersant.

In the days following the incident, the committee said “there were no signs of unauthorized entry into the apartment” and that “knives were found and seized”. and 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”.

Vasily Melnikov
Vasily Melnikov

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.

Yulia Ivanova, representative of the Moscow Investigative Committee, said Cup that a relative discovered the bodies, with bullet wounds from a “Vladislav pistol”, after being informed by the driver and the family’s nanny that they could not contact them by telephone or enter the apartment, because the door was locked from the inside.

Vladislav Avaev
Vladislav Avaev

And a day later, on April 19, Sergei Protosenialeader 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.

The bodies of the two women, with signs of abuse, were found inside their luxurious home in Lloret de Mar, and Protosenya’s body was found in the garden outside, a source said. CNN linked to the case, which is being investigated as a double murder followed by a suicide.

Sergei Protosenya
Sergei Protosenia

*At the Buenos Aires Suicide Assistance Center, anyone in crisis is attended to free of charge at 135 from Buenos Aires and GBA or (54-11) 5275-1135 24 hours a day. There is also the Suicide Assistance Center Beware of Family Suicide (CAFS): Tel. (011) 4758-2554 (

*In Mexico, the National System of Support, Psychological Counseling and Crisis Intervention by Telephone (SAPTEL) offers 24-hour telephone assistance at the number: 0155 5259-8121. In the United States, you can dial +1-888-628-9454.

* In the United States, there are National Suicide Prevention Network ask for help; you can call 1-888-628-9454 or 1-800-273-8255, la línea del Servicio Nacional de Prevention del Suicidio, para hablar con alguien que te brindará apoyo gratuito y confidencial las 24 horas del día, los siete días of the week. The The CDC also recommends its own policiesprevention programs and practices.

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