Five businessman Russia called suicide in the last three months. Four of them are related to giant oil and gas companies Gazprom and one of its subsidiaries.
RIA Novosti, local state media, as reported by CNN, Saturday (30/4), identified the man who committed suicide as Leonid Shulman. He is the chief executive officer of transportation at Gazprom Invest.
RIA reports Shulman died at his cottage in the village of Leninsky near Leningrad on January 30, 2022.
A month later or on February 25, 2022, another top executive at Gazprom, was found dead in the garage of his home in the same village, namely Alexander Tyulakov. Novaya Gazeta, Russian independent media, Tyulakov died by suicide.
Then Mikhail Watford, a Russian billionaire born in Ukraine was found dead at his home in Surrey, England, on February 28, 2022. Local police said Watford’s death was investigated by a coroner and a trial will be held on July 29.
Furthermore, Vasily Melnikov, was found dead with his family in Nizhny Novgorod at the end of March. Kommersant, Russian media, said the 43-year-old man was found stabbed to death with his wife, and their two children aged 4 and 10 years.
According to the Russian Investigative Committee, Melnikov is known to own MedStom, a medical supplies company. The committee has also not released Melnikov’s name, but Kommersant concluded that the incident involved Russian businessman Melnikov and his family.
Russia’s Investigative Committee said there were no signs of forced entry into the apartment. A knife that was found has been confiscated. “Investigators are considering several versions of what happened, including the murder of his wife and children by the head of the family, followed by his own death,” the committee wrote.
Then, on April 18, the Russian news agency Tass reported that Vladislav Avayev, another Russian businessman, was found dead with his wife and daughter in their Moscow apartment. Tass called local authorities investigating Avayev’s death a suicide-homicide.
Yulia Ivanova, of the Moscow Investigative Committee, said the bodies of Avayev and his family were found after the family driver and their caregiver had trouble contacting them by phone. They could not enter the apartment because the door was locked from the inside.
Igor Volobuev, former vice president of Gazprombank, said he did not believe the news of Avayev’s suicide. “His job deals with private banking, VIP clients. He’s responsible for large sums of money. Did he kill himself? I don’t think so.”
The day after or 19 April 2022, Sergey Protosenya, a former executive of the Novatek gas company, which is partly owned by Gazprom, was also found dead in their home in Lloret de Mar, a Mediterranean resort north of Barcelona. The bodies of his wife and daughter were found near his Protose body.
During the investigation, the bodies of his Protose wife and children showed signs of being abused. Meanwhile, the body of the head of the family was found in the garden of the house’s yard. This case is also being investigated as a homicide-suicide case.
His Protose son, Fedor, who was in France at the time of the incident questioned the death of his family. He denied that his father committed the murder of his family.
“He loved my mother, especially Maria, my sister. He could never do anything to hurt them,” she explained.
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