Russian oil executive dies in fall from Moscow hospital window | Russia

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A senior Russian oil executive has died after falling out of a Moscow hospital window, months after his company criticized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ravil Maganov, the chairman of the board of directors of Lukoil, Russia’s largest private oil company, “fell out of a window of the central clinical hospital,” Interfax news agency wrote on Thursday, citing a source. “He died of injuries sustained.”

Lukoil said Maganov “died after a serious illness”. The company did not say what Maganov was being treated for.

It was not immediately clear whether his death was an accident, suicide or a crime. Russian state media agencies citing an unnamed source reported that Maganov had been hospitalized with a heart condition and had been taking antidepressants.

Baza, a Russian news site with close ties to police, suggested he may have slipped off a balcony while smoking.

Half a dozen businessmen associated with Russia’s energy industry have died in apparent suicides or in mysterious circumstances since the outbreak of war in Ukraine. None of the deaths are classified as murder.

Maganov’s death has attracted much attention because Lukoil has been a rarity among Russian energy companies in criticizing the invasion of Ukraine, publicly calling for a ceasefire just a week after Vladimir Putin launched Moscow’s “special military operation.” announced.

“By calling for an early end to the armed conflict, we express our sincere empathy for all the victims affected by this tragedy,” said Lukoil’s board of directors. “We strongly support a lasting ceasefire and a solution of problems through serious negotiations and diplomacy.”

Maganov was a prominent member of the Russian business elite. He was a close associate of one of Lukoil’s founders, Vagit Alekperov, a former Soviet oil minister who resigned from his position as CEO shortly after the UK and EU imposed sanctions on him.

Maganov had been with Lukoil since 1993 and had overseen its refining and exploration divisions before being appointed chairman of the board in 2020.

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