Russian businessmen continue to die in mysterious circumstances since Putin invaded Ukraine: report

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Powerful Russians continue to be killed in a series of increasingly bizarre deaths following criticism from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A number of businessmen have died in recent months as Russians grow increasingly unhappy with the drawn-out invasion of Ukraine. Ivan Pechorin, director general of the aeronautical industry at the Corporation for the development of the Far East and the Arctic, on September 29. 12 died after allegedly fell from a speeding boat off Vladivostok.

Ravil Maganov, chairman of Russian oil giant Lukoil, died after apparently falling from the sixth-floor window of a Moscow hospital on September 1. 1. He and company had urged Putin to end the invasion, calling it a “tragedy”. Lukoil claimed that Maganov “died after a serious illness”.

Aleksandr Subbotin, a former Lukoil senior executive, was found dead in the basement of a Moscow residence in May after he allegedly visited a healer to cure him of hangover symptoms, but instead suffered of heart failure.

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At least eight other Russian oligarchs have died in bizarre circumstances in recent months, according to Euro News. International investigators have suggested the deaths be considered suicides or staged retaliatory killings. opposition to the invasion of Ukraine or links to the corruption of the Russian gas company Gazprom.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia's full invasion of Ukraine just eight months after TIME magazine reported that President Biden was ready to take on the Russian leader.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s full invasion of Ukraine just eight months after TIME magazine reported that President Biden was ready to take on the Russian leader.
(Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Leonid Shulman, head of transport at Gazprom Invest, was found dead in February on the eve of the invasion. Authorities said they found a suicide note next to the executive, who allegedly cut his wrists in the bathroom of his St. Petersburg St. Chalet.

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The day after the invasion began, authorities found Alexander Tyulyakov, a senior Gazprom corporate security official, hanged in the garage of his home. An unnamed police source told Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta that Gazprom’s own security unit had arrived before the police.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stands next to oil producer Lukoil Ravil Maganov's First Executive Vice President after decorating him with the Order of Alexander Nevsky during an award ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia Russia, November 21, 2019.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stands next to oil producer Lukoil Ravil Maganov’s First Executive Vice President after decorating him with the Order of Alexander Nevsky during an award ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia Russia, November 21, 2019.
(Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.)

Rebekah Koffler, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer and author of “Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America,” told Fox News Digital at the time of Pechorin’s death that “the truth is unlikely to come to light. because the Russian investigations are not to be trusted”. “

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“If it was a blockbuster job, it would look exactly like a tragic accident,” Koffler had explained.

CEO of Russian natural giant Gazprom Alexei Miller attends an annual shareholders meeting at Gazprom's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 27, 2014.

CEO of Russian natural giant Gazprom Alexei Miller attends an annual shareholders meeting at Gazprom’s headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 27, 2014.
(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

She also noted that Russian media ‘couldn’t keep their story accurate today about what happened to Maganov’ when he died, explaining that Russian news agencies are mostly controlled or at least influenced by the government. Russian.

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“The truth is that these tactics are deliberately designed to be stealthy, so that no investigator can identify foul play. They are generally considered ‘tragic accidents’. [which is] also part of the doctrine,” she said.

Fox News’ Paul Best and Jon Brown contributed to this report.