It was not clear whether Maganov’s death was an accident, suicide, or something more sinister.
Conflicting theories immediately surfaced in the Russian media, with Tass citing an unnamed law enforcement source who said Maganov had taken antidepressants and committed suicide.
Baza, an online outlet with links to police, reported that the oil boss may have slipped while smoking on a balcony.
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Lukoil confirmed Maganov’s death, but said only that he “died after a serious illness”.
“Ravil Maganov has contributed immensely to the development of not only the company, but the entire Russian oil and gas sector,” the company said in a statement on its website, which also extended its condolences to his family on behalf of the “thousands of employees of lukoil”. .”
Maganov’s inexplicable fall is at least the sixth fatal incident this year involving leading 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 in a Spanish villa next to that of his wife and their 18-year-old daughter.
The Spanish news channel Telecinco reported that the police found the mother and daughter with stab wounds in separate rooms. Protosenya was found in the garden where he is said to have hanged himself.
Spanish media reported at the time that murder-suicide was the leading theory of the Catalan police in their investigation.
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However, Novatek seemingly cast doubt on that Protosenya could be responsible for the deaths of his wife and daughter. He “confirmed himself as an outstanding person and a wonderful family man,” the company said in a statement. “Unfortunately, speculation has arisen in the media on this topic, but we are convinced that these speculations have nothing to do with reality.”
A former vice president of Gazprombank, Vladislav Avayev, was similarly found dead in April along with 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 allegedly receiving homeopathic treatment from a shaman, who offered his clients injections of toad venom.
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 February 24 invasion, Lukoil expressed “concern at the ongoing tragic events in Ukraine” and called for “the immediate cessation of the armed conflict”.
Lukoil chief executive Vagit Alekperov resigned in late April after being sanctioned by Western countries. Maganov has been Lukoil’s first executive vice president since 1994 and was appointed to lead the board of directors in 2020. His brother, Nail Maganov, is the CEO of another major oil and gas company, Tatneft.