February 8, 2023

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12 Russian presidents who died mysteriously in 2022

Law enforcement officials in Europe, Asia and the United States are investigating the deaths of Russian tycoons under as-yet-unexplained circumstances. Some worked in Russia’s oil and gas industry; Others are from the cryptocurrency industry. The only links identified so far are nationality, immense wealth and suspicious deaths.

  1. Vyacheslav Taran

Russian cryptocurrency billionaire Vyacheslav Taran, 53, died a week ago, on November 25, in a helicopter crash in Villefranche-sur-Mer, a town 17 km from Monaco. He is the latest in a list of 12 Russian presidents who have lost their lives under yet-to-be-explained circumstances.

Dharon owns cryptocurrency company Libertex, a sponsor of major football clubs such as Bayern Munich and Tottenham. Apart from the millionaire, the 35-year-old pilot of the plane also died in the accident on the 25th. It is suspected that a second passenger left the plane shortly before boarding.

The billionaire’s widow, Russian Olga Taran, published an open letter on the website Hello MonacoShe cleared allegations that her husband had laundered money for Russian oligarchs. He also denied accusations by a Ukrainian website that Taran was a Russian spy or a supporter of the country in its conflict with Ukraine.

  1. Alexander Subodin

Billionaire Alexander Subodin, 43, was found dead on Sunday 27 in the basement of a shaman’s house in the city of Mydichi, northeast of Moscow. It is suspected that the chancellor may have been poisoned by toad venom.

The Russian company Doss The millionaire seems to have suffered a heart attack. Subodin, according to Doss, went to the Magua shaman’s house “heavily drunk the day before” on drugs. Death would have occurred after one session to cure a hangover.

magazine Newsweek The shaman made incisions on Subodin’s skin and dripped frog venom to strengthen the immune system.

  1. Serguei Protosenya
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Former vice president of natural gas company Novatek, Serguei Protosenya, 55, was found dead in his mansion in Catalonia, Spain, along with the bodies of his wife Natalya and daughter Maria. Spanish police suspect that the man stabbed both of them with a knife and hanged himself in the garden of the house on April 19.

The case draws attention because, according to the local press, there were no traces of blood on the body of the administrator, nor was the suicide note found. In addition, Protosenya’s son, Fedor, 22, does not believe the suicide theory, because his father, he said, “loved my mother and especially Maria.”

The Russian, who holds a degree in engineering, is worth USD 440 million. According to newspapers in Catalonia, police found six BMW, Mercedes, Mustang and Audi cars and at least €10,000 in cash.

  1. Vladislav Aayev

Less than 24 hours after Protosenya and his family died, fellow billionaire Vladislav Ayaev, 51, was found dead in his Moscow apartment with his wife and 13-year-old daughter. The death is similar to that of Protosenya: Ayaev allegedly committed suicide by shooting his family.

Thirteen firearms were reportedly found in Avayev’s luxury apartment worth €2.4 million. The multi-millionaire was the vice president of Gazprombank, one of the country’s major banks.

  1. Michael Watford

Ukrainian-born Mikhail Watford, 66, was found dead in his £18m luxury home in Surrey, England, in March. English police have not yet clarified the circumstances of his death, but said they are not treating it as suspicious. For several years, Watford worked in Russia’s oil and gas industries and moved to the UK in the early 2000s.

  1. Nikolai Mushekian
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Mushekian’s body was found by a surfer on October 29 at Ashford Beach, Puerto Rico. According to a Puerto Rican newspaper report, the Russian drowned after being swept away by ocean currents.

Mushegian, co-founder of cryptocurrency lending platform MakerDAO and stablecoin Dai, lived in a $6 million vacation home in Puerto Rico. The beach he was on is considered one of the most dangerous places in the world for bathers.

Mushekian’s death came shortly after he tweeted that he would be killed by the CIA and Mossad, the secret services of the United States and Israel. The case is being investigated by local authorities, but the Russian family is not convinced of the crime. Mushekian was considered a “paranoid” and “problematic” genius.

  1. Yuri Voronov

Russian millionaire businessman Yuri Voronov, 61, was found dead in his swimming pool in July. He is associated with the oil and gas industry and previously worked for Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned gas company. Russian media reported that a gun and explosives were found at the scene. He lived in an upscale house on the outskirts of St. Petersburg.

In an interview with Russian journalists, Voronov’s wife said that she left St. Petersburg on July 1, due to a disagreement with business partners over money. Accordingly, he went to a house on the outskirts of the town, where he was found dead.

  1. Ravil Maganov

Ravil Maganov, The president of Lukoil, Russia’s second-largest oil producer, died in early September after falling from a window at Moscow’s Central Medical Hospital. Maganov, 67, had been working at the state-owned company since 1993. In 2020 he took over as the Chancellor. This executive is a close associate of one of Lukoil’s founders, Vagit Alekpero.

  1. Leonid Shulman
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Leonid Shulman, 60, the former director of Gazprom, was found dead in his bathtub in St. Petersburg. A suicide note was found near the body. Schulman’s death was first linked to Gazprom. The company informed that he has taken leave due to ill health.

“Our colleague, the head of the transport service, Leonid Alexandrovich Shulman, has passed away. The circumstances are being investigated,” the company said in a statement.

  1. Alexander Dyulyakov

Associated with Gazprom, 61-year-old Alexander Tyulyakov was executed on February 25 in a suburb of St. Petersburg. His body was in the cottage’s garage. Russian investigators are investigating the case.

  1. Andriy Krukovsky

There is also a third death linked to Gazprom. It belonged to Andrei Krukovsky, a 37-year-old Russian who worked as general manager of a resort in Krasnaya Polyana managed by the company. He fell off a cliff at the Azipshinskoye fortress in Sochi and was unable to resist his injuries.

  1. Vasily Melnikov

Medical business owner Vasily Melnikov was found dead with his family in a house in Novgorod. The circumstances of Melnikov’s death are similar to those of other Russians on the list, and police suspect he killed his wife and children. His company, MedStom, was founded in 2003 and operates by supplying equipment and supplies to hospitals.

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