Report: Russian businessmen dying in mysterious circumstances since Putin invaded Ukraine

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Powerful Russians continue to die in a strange series of deaths after criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A number of businessmen have died over the past few months as Russians become increasingly dissatisfied with the protracted invasion of Ukraine. Ivan Pechurin, managing director of the aviation industry of the Far East and Arctic Development Corporation, died on September 12 after he was reported to have fallen from a speeding boat off the coast of Vladivostok.

Ravel Maganov, the head of Russian oil giant Lukoil, has died after he was said to have fallen from a sixth-floor window of a Moscow hospital on September 1. He and his company urged Putin to end the invasion, calling it a “tragedy.” Lukoil claimed that Maganov “passed away after a severe illness”.

Alexander Sobotin, the former top manager of Lukoil, was found dead in the basement of a Moscow home in May after he allegedly visited a therapist to recover from hangover symptoms, but instead suffered from heart failure.

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At least eight other Russian referees have died in strange circumstances over the past few months, according to Euro News. International investigators have suggested viewing the deaths as suicides or assassinations in retaliation for their opposition to the invasion of Ukraine or their links to corruption at the Russian gas company Gazprom.

President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine just eight months after Time magazine described President Biden as ready to confront the Russian leader.
(Sputnik, Kremlin Pond image via Associated Press)

Leonid Shulman, head of the transport service for Gazprom Invest, was found dead in February in the run-up to the invasion. Authorities said they found a suicide note next to the CEO, who reportedly cut his wrists in the bathroom of his cottage in Saint Petersburg.

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The morning after the invasion began, the authorities found Alexander Tyuliakov, a top executive of Gazprom corporate security, hanging in his garage. An unnamed law enforcement source told Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper that Gazprom’s security unit arrived before the police arrived.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stands next to Lukoil's Senior Executive Vice President Ravel Maganov after being decorated with the Order of Alexander Nevsky during an award ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, November 21, 2019.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stands next to Lukoil’s Senior Executive Vice President Ravel Maganov after being decorated with the Order of Alexander Nevsky during an award ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, November 21, 2019.
(Sputnik / Mikhail Klementev / The Kremlin via Reuters Editors Attention – this image was provided by a third party.)

Rebecca Kofler, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer and author of “Putin’s Rules of Rules: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America,” told Fox News Digital at the time of Pechurin’s death that “the truth is unlikely to be discovered because the Russian investigations cannot be trusted.”

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“If this had been a successful mission, it would have looked just like a tragic accident,” Koffler explained.

The CEO of Russia's state-run giant Gazprom, Alexei Miller, attends the annual shareholder meeting at Gazprom's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 27, 2014.

The CEO of Russia’s state-run giant Gazprom, Alexei Miller, attends the annual shareholder meeting at Gazprom’s headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 27, 2014.
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She also noted that the Russian media “could not keep their story frank today about what happened to Maganov” when he died, explaining that Russian news agencies are mostly under the control of the Russian government or at least under its influence.

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“The truth is that these tactics are deliberately designed to be stealthy, so no detective can identify faulty play. They are usually considered ‘tragic accidents,'” [which is] She also said it was part of the faith.”

Paul Best and John Brown of Fox News contributed to this report.

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