Russian oil company CEO dies after falling from hospital window

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The chairman of Russia’s second-largest oil company, Lukoil, died on Thursday after falling from the window of a Moscow hospital where he was being treated after suffering a heart attack.

Ravil Maganov, 67, fell from a window on the sixth floor of the Central Clinical Hospital around 7 a.m. local time, the official Tass news agency reported.

It was unclear whether Maganov’s death was an accident, suicide, or something more sinister.

Conflicting theories immediately emerged in Russian media, with Tas quoting an unnamed law enforcement source as saying Maganov had taken antidepressants and killed himself.

Baza, a police-linked online outlet, reported that the oil executive could have slipped while smoking on a balcony.

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Lukoil confirmed Maganov’s death, but only said that he “died of serious illness”.

“Ravil Maganov has contributed immensely to the development not only of the company, but of the entire Russian oil and gas sector,” the company said in a statement posted on its website which also expressed condolences to his family at the time. name of the “thousands of employees” of Lukoil. .”

Maganov’s unexplained fall is at least the sixth fatal incident this year involving high-level Russian oil and gas executives whose lives ended in bloody or murky circumstances.

In April, the body of a former senior executive at gas giant Novatek, Sergey Protosenya, was found in a Spanish villa alongside those of his wife and 18-year-old daughter.

Spanish news outlet Telecinco reported that police found the mother and daughter in separate rooms with stab wounds. Protosenya was found in the yard, where he allegedly hanged himself.

Spanish media reported at the time that murder-suicide was the Catalan police’s main theory in their investigation.

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Novatek, however, apparently doubted that Protosenya could be responsible for the deaths of his wife and daughter. He “established himself as an exceptional person and a wonderful family man,” the company said. in a report. “Unfortunately, speculation has emerged in the media about this, but we are confident that this speculation bears no relation to reality.”

A former Gazprombank vice president, Vladislav Avayev, was also found dead in April alongside his wife and daughter in their Moscow apartment.

A month later, former Lukoil tycoon Alexander Subbotin died of heart failure in the Moscow region after receiving homeopathic treatment from a shaman, who offered his clients injections of toad poison.

Lukoil made headlines in March as the only Russian oil producer to call for an end to the war in Ukraine. In a report published just days after the February 24 invasion, Lukoil “expressed concern over the ongoing tragic events in Ukraine” and called for “an immediate cessation of the armed conflict”.

Lukoil CEO Vagit Alekperov resigned at the end of April after being sanctioned by Western countries. Maganov had been Lukoil’s first executive vice president since 1994 and was appointed in 2020 to lead its board. His brother, Nail Maganov, is the CEO of another major oil and gas company, Tatneft.

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