Two Ex-Russian Gas Company Execs Found Dead in Two Days – What We Know!

Two former executives at main Russian fuel firms have been discovered useless in two days underneath mysterious circumstances, in keeping with a number of reviews.

Sergei Protosenya, previously the chief accountant at Russian fuel large Novatek, is the most recent to show up useless, Spanish information website Telecino reviews.

The 55-year-old millionaire was discovered useless alongside together with his spouse and daughter at a villa within the city of Lloret de Mar close to Barcelona earlier this week, legislation enforcement sources informed the information website. Police haven’t formally named the household, nevertheless.

Protosenya, a former member of Novatek’s board of administrators, was discovered hanged on the scene, whereas his spouse and daughter had been stabbed, the report mentioned. Investigators are mentioned to be inspecting two completely different situations: that Protosenya killed his spouse and daughter earlier than taking his personal life, or that each one three have been murdered by somebody who then staged the crime scene.

The household was visiting Spain over the Easter holidays. Protosenya was mentioned to be price about 400 million euros.

His demise reportedly came about on April 19—only a day after a former vice chairman of Russia’s Gazprombank was discovered useless alongside together with his spouse and daughter in comparable circumstances in Moscow.

Vladislav Avayev, 51, was discovered with a deadly gunshot wound in his multi-million greenback house on Universitetsky Prospekt on April 18, native authorities mentioned. The physique of his spouse was discovered close by, whereas the couple’s 13-year-old daughter was present in her mattress in a distinct room, in keeping with Kommersant.

Investigators mentioned they’d preliminarily concluded that Avayev doubtless killed his spouse and daughter earlier than turning the gun on himself, as there have been no indicators of anybody else having been within the house and the gun was present in Avayev’s hand.

Native reviews, citing neighbors, offered a flurry of various theories as to what occurred, with some suggesting Avayev and his spouse had not been getting alongside, some blaming sanctions, and others saying the entire household was extra doubtless murdered.

Bizarrely, the deaths of Avayev and Protosenya are solely the most recent of these tied to Russia’s fuel trade. On Feb. 25, simply someday after Russia launched its all-out conflict towards Ukraine, 61-year-old Gazprom exec Alexander Tyulyakov was discovered hanged exterior St. Petersburg.

He had served because the deputy normal director of Gazprom’s unified settlement middle, or the treasury, for company safety. Although his demise was deemed a suicide, Novaya Gazeta reported on the time that Gazprom’s safety service arrived on the scene and pushed out native investigators.

In maybe one other blow to the Russia’s fuel and oil trade, oligarch Vagit Alekperov, a prime Putin ally, stepped down Thursday as president of Lukoil, the nation’s second-largest oil firm.

The transfer comes after U.Okay. and E.U. sanctions have been imposed on him that block him from getting into Europe or Britain. By the way, nevertheless, his resignation additionally comes after the Lukoil board of administrators known as for “the rapid termination of the armed battle” in Ukraine early final month.