One of Vladimir Putin’s top allies is believed to have died after he fell from a hospital window, becoming the latest member of the Russian leader’s inner circle to die under mysterious circumstances.
Ravil Maganov, 64, is the chairman of Russian oil giant Lukoil, a company openly critical of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
According to Russian reports, the head of Russia’s oil and gas industry died after falling from a sixth-floor window at the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow, at around 7:30 a.m. local time.
The 64-year-old man is believed to have died from his injuries at the scene.
Lukoil confirmed the chairman’s death but clarified his death was the result of a “serious illness”.
It said in a press statement: “We are deeply saddened to inform you that Ravil Maganov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC LUKOIL, has passed away following a serious illness.
“Ravil Ulfatovich has made an invaluable contribution not only to the development of the company, but also to the entire Russian oil and gas industry.”
In March, Lukoil, Russia’s largest private oil company, attacked Putin’s invasion and expressed in a statement “their deepest concerns about the tragic events in Ukraine”.
The board statement read: “Calling for the earliest end of armed conflict, we express our sincere sympathies to all the victims who are being affected by this tragedy.
“We strongly support a permanent ceasefire and resolution of issues through serious negotiations and diplomacy.
“The company makes every effort to continue operating in all countries and regions where it is present, committed to its primary mission of being a trusted energy supplier to consumers around the world. In its activities, Lukoil wishes to contribute to peace, international relations and humanitarian relations.”
Maganov has been Lukoil’s president since 2020 and executive vice president from 2006 to 2020.
He has held senior corporate positions since joining the board in the early 1990s.
His brother, Nail Maganov, was the head of another oil and gas company Tatneft as they both followed in his father’s footsteps and entered the oil industry.
Maganov’s wife Fania is the principal of the first English school in Almetyevsk while his son Ravil is a car racer.
He was awarded the Alexander Nevsky Medal by Vladimir Putin in 2019.
It remains unclear why Maganov, however, is in the hospital.
The hospital on Marshal Timoshenko Street in Moscow is the same hospital where the last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev died earlier this week.
It belongs to the Kremlin presidential administration in Russia.
It is a strictly guarded exclusive hospital, reserved for the country’s highest-ranking officials.
Maganov has become one of Putin’s other wealthy allies, who have died under mysterious circumstances over the past year.
On February 25, the body of Alexander Tyulakov, a senior Gazprom finance and security official at the rank of deputy general director – was found dead by his mistress.
It was only three weeks before Leonid Shulman, head of the transportation department of Gazprom Invest, was found dead.
The 60-year-old man was discovered with multiple stab wounds in a pool of blood on the bathroom floor.
Meanwhile, wealthy Vladislav Avayev, 51, a former vice president of Gazprombank and a former Kremlin official, was found shot dead in his luxury Moscow penthouse.
And a few days later, 55-year-old Sergey Protosenya was found dead by hanging in Spain.
At least four of the alleged suicides have been labeled “suspicious” by Russian sources – including a former FSB colonel on the Telegram messaging channel.