A top Russian oil official dies after falling out of a hospital window: According to two sources with knowledge of the situation, Ravil Maganov, the chairman of Lukoil. The second-largest oil producer in Russia, passed away on Thursday after falling from a hospital window in Moscow. He is the latest in a line of business people to pass away suddenly and without apparent cause.
According to reports in different Russian media, the 67-year-old had fallen to his death, although the details of his fall were not immediately apparent.
According to a source in law enforcement, the death was a suicide, according to the Russian official news agency TASS. Due to the reference cited, Maganov suffered a heart attack and was on anti-depressants in addition to being hospitalized.
Reuters did not confirm the information. However, according to three people who had a strong relationship with Maganov, they did not think he would have committed suicide.
Although the source had not seen any proof or documentation to back it up. Another insider with the firm said that Lukoil management believed he had committed suicide.
Reuters contacted the state Investigative Committee with issues regarding the death, but the state Investigative Committee did not react.
A private corporation, Lukoil, competes with Rosneft, Russia’s largest state-owned energy company. Magano “died away after a severe illness,” the statement read.
The statement said, “Lukoil’s many thousands of workers extend their profound sympathies to Ravil Maganov’s family and express their great sorrow for this tragic loss.”
Recently, at least six other Russian businessmen, the majority with links to the energy sector, have passed unexpectedly and without apparent cause.
Except for Sergei Protosenya, who was discovered in a home in Spain with the corpses of his wife and daughter, all of the fatalities occurred in Russia. Protosenya was a senior executive at Novatek, the country’s biggest producer of liquefied natural gas.
Regional police in Catalonia, who are looking into the crime, have said that they think he murdered them before killing himself.
Soon after Lukoil’s founding in 1993, Maganov began working there and rose to the chairman position. He oversaw the company’s exploration, production, and refining. Tatneft, a modest-sized Russian oil firm, is led by his brother Nail.
For Russian businesses, Lukoil voiced opposition to Moscow’s interference in Ukraine in public. However, the company’s board of directors expressed their worry over the “tragic events” in Ukraine.
It urged for the “soonest possible conclusion to armed conflict” via discussions in a statement on March 3.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department has been imposing sectoral sanctions on Lukoil since 2014 due to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
In addition to having refineries in Europe, particularly Italy, Lukoil is attempting to grow its operations in Africa. Rosneft, which has acquired multiple oil-producing properties around Russia, has long rumored to interest in buying it. However, both Rosneft and Lukoil have refuted the rumors.