Russian oil executive and Putin critic Ravil Maganov dead after mysterious six-story fall

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A less constant critic for Vladimir Putin.

Ravil Maganov, 67, chief executive of Russian private oil giant Lukoil — and an opponent of the war in Ukraine — died in a six-story plunge from a Moscow hospital window.

The death was reported as suicide on Thursday by Russian state media, which noted that the oil company’s chief executive had been hospitalized for a heart attack and was taking antidepressants.

In a statement, Lukoil said Maganov died after a “prolonged illness,” according to the Anglophone Moscow Times.

But two people who knew the businessman well told Reuters it was highly unlikely that Maganov committed suicide.

The oil titan is one of many Russian energy managers who have died suddenly and in obscure circumstances since the war in Ukraine began.

Another top Lukoil executive, Alexander Subbotin, was found dead in the basement of a house outside Moscow in May — the same month it was discovered that Vladislav Avayev, a former director of Gazprombank, had been shot to death alongside his wife and daughter.

Russian oil boss Ravil Maganov died after falling from the window of a Moscow hospital.
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Maganov's death has been reported as suicide in Russian state media.
Maganov’s death has been reported as suicide in Russian state media.
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A month earlier, Sergei Protosenya – a former honcho at liquefied natural gas producer Novatek – was found dead next to his wife and daughter in Spain. Russian authorities claim he beat the couple to death with an ax before hanging himself. Spanish media reported no suicide note and no bloodstains on his body.

Alexander Tyulakov, a Gazprom director, was found dead in his garage the day after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

Lukoil, where Maganov had worked since 1993 and grew with the company as it grew out of the collapse of the Soviet Union, was unusual among the Russian oligarch class for consistently criticizing the war in Ukraine.

Maganov was a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.
Maganov was a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
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Maganov was reportedly hospitalized for a heart attack and on antidepressants.
Maganov was reportedly hospitalized for a heart attack and on antidepressants.
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In a statement dated March 3, the Lukoil administration called the invasion of Ukraine “tragic” and called for negotiations to “end the armed conflict as soon as possible”.

With Post wires

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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