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Lukoil chairman dies after reportedly falling from Moscow hospital window


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

Ravil Maganov, 67, fell from a sixth-floor window at Central Clinical Hospital about 7 a.m. local time, the state-run Tass news agency reported.

It was not clear whether Maganov’s death was an accident, a suicide or something more sinister.

Conflictin­g theories immediatel­y emerged in the Russian media, with Tass citing an unnamed source in law enforcemen­t as saying that Maganov had been taking antidepres­sants and killed himself.

Baza, an online outlet with links to the police, reported that the oil executive might have slipped while smoking on a balcony.

Lukoil confirmed Maganov’s death but said only that he “passed away following a severe illness.”

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

Maganov’s unexplaine­d fall is one of several incidents this year involving high-profile Russian oil and gas executives whose lives ended in gory or murky circumstan­ces.

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

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

Spanish media reported at the time that murder-suicide was the leading theory in the investigat­ion by Catalan police.

Novatek, however, seemingly cast doubt that Protosenya could be responsibl­e for the deaths of his wife and daughter.

He “establishe­d himself as an outstandin­g person and a wonderful family man,” the company said in a statement. “Unfortunat­ely, speculatio­ns have emerged in the media about this topic, but we are convinced that these speculatio­ns bear no relation to reality.”

A former vice president of Gazpromban­k, Vladislav Avayev, was similarly 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 reportedly 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 statement issued just days after the Feb. 24 invasion, Lukoil “expressed concern over the ongoing tragic events in Ukraine” and called for “the immediate cessation of the armed conflict.”

Lukoil CEO Vagit Alekperov resigned in late April after being placed under sanction by Western countries.

Maganov had served as Lukoil’s first executive vice president since 1994 and was appointed in 2020 to lead its board of directors.

His brother, Nail Maganov, is the CEO of another large oil and gas company, Tatneft.

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